FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., prepares the dais after he was chosen as Speaker pro tempore for the opening day of the 116th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington. Langevin is the incumbent candidate in the 2nd Congressional District in the Sept. 8, 2020, Rhode Island primary election. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former state lawmaker Robert Lancia defeated fellow Republican Donald Robbio in Tuesday’s primary and will face incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep Jim Langevin in November in his bid for a seat in Congress.

The 66-year-old Lancia set his sights on the U.S. House after losing reelection to his seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2018.

He will face Langevin in the general election on Nov. 3 for the right to represent the overwhelmingly Democratic 2nd Congressional District.

A self-described “libertarian Republican” and a former elementary school teacher, Lancia pledged to throw his support behind efforts to provide tax breaks for donations to private and parochial schools catering to students “who can’t get their needs met” in a public school.

Rhode Island Republican Party chair Sue Cienki called Lancia, who once served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, “an Energizer bunny” who worked tirelessly to advance the GOP’s cause in the overwhelmingly Democratic state.

Robbio, a U.S. Air Force veteran, had campaigned on a pledge to create new jobs and reform the way that Social Security is funded.

Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline had no primary opponent in his bid for reelection to represent Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District.

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THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP's earlier story follows below:

Longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin held off a late challenger in Tuesday’s Democratic primary and will face the winner of the Republican runoff in his bid for an 11th term in November.

The 56-year-old Langevin, who became the first quadriplegic to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives when he was elected in 2000, defeated fellow Democrat Dylan Conley, a 33-year-old lawyer who chairs the Providence Board of Licenses and entered the race in June.

Langevin has focused on national security, health care, cybersecurity and elections security during his congressional tenure. He is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.

Langevin’s campaign says the congressman “is laser-focused on unifying Rhode Islanders, keeping communities safe and healthy, and boosting our state’s recovery efforts as we get through these trying times together.”

In 2019, Langevin was appointed by House Democratic leaders to serve as a senior whip for the 116th Congress. Senior whips are experienced members of Congress who meet regularly to discuss some of the key issues facing the body.

He’ll face the winner of the GOP primary between Robert Lancia and Donald Robbio in the Nov. 3 general election in the overwhelmingly Democratic 2nd Congressional District.

Langevin was 16 when he was injured while working with the Warwick Police Department in the Boy Scout Explorer program, when a gun accidentally discharged and a bullet struck him, leaving him paralyzed. His official website says: “The tremendous outpouring of support from his community inspired Langevin to give something back and enter public service.”

Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline had no primary opponent in his bid for reelection to represent Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District.

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THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP's earlier story follows below:

Longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, the first lawmaker with quadriplegia to be elected to Congress, faces Democratic challenger Dylan Conley in Tuesday’s Rhode Island primary.

Voters were also choosing candidates for mayor in Cranston, Warwick, Pawtucket and Central Falls.

There could be delays in finding out the winners because the majority of voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail, and the state doesn’t expect to release the results of mail ballots until Wednesday at the earliest.

The 56-year-old Langevin, who became the first person with quadriplegia to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives when he was elected in 2000, is up against Dylan Conley, a 33-year-old lawyer who leads the Providence Board of Licenses.

Langevin has focused on national security, health care, cybersecurity and elections security during his congressional tenure. He's a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. Langevin first was elected to the House in 2000.

Conley said he thought about running for Congress before, but recent events including the coronavirus pandemic and protests sparked by the death of George Floyd spurred him to jump into the race. He campaigned on a pledge to fix systemic inequities in society, ranging from gaps in health care to economic disparities.

Former state lawmaker Robert Lancia and fellow Republican Donald Robbio were battling it out for the GOP U.S. House primary.

Lancia, a former elementary school teacher, set his sights on the U.S. House after losing reelection to his seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2018. He faced Robbio, an Air Force veteran and advocate for the elderly, who campaigned on a pledge to create new jobs and reform the way that Social Security is funded.

Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline had no primary opponent Tuesday in his bid for reelection to represent Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed also sailed past the primary unopposed and will face Republican Allen Waters in a quest for a fifth term in the November general election.

Rhode Island’s other U.S. senator, Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, won a third term in 2018 and won’t be up for reelection again until 2024.