by Garrett Frisk
Currently, the attention of Rhode Island politicos is laser-focused on the increasingly crowded 2023 special election to replace U.S. Representative David Cicilline. However, looking forward to the 2024 U.S. Senate race, incumbent Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse has already confirmed he'll seek a fourth term. He will likely coast to re-election without much issue, but he does have one declared Republican foe, Raymond McKay.
McKay is an IT professional who has previously served as a member of the Rhode Island Republican Party State Central Committee and as president of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies. His first campaign for public office was a 1998 state senate campaign in which he polled 26.5% of the vote against Democratic incumbent William Walaska. McKay later ran for U.S. Senate in 2014, though he dropped out before the primary. Someone by the name Raymond McKay ran in Rhode Island's 2018 Senate race as an independent, but it is not clear if this is the same person. In the first quarter of 2023, McKay raised $13,000, spent $6,000, and ended with $7,000 on hand. His campaign website can be found here.
This article was updated to mention McKay's 2014 Senate candidacy.