Republican Rhode Island State Senator Jessica de la Cruz running for Congress
Senator Jessica de la Cruz. (WJAR file photo)

Republican state Sen. Jessica de la Cruz confirmed to NBC 10 News that she will be seeking the GOP nomination in Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District. 

De la Cruz, the Senate minority whip, said she had a goal of raising $100,000 for her campaign in a week and ended up raising it in a few days.

She acknowledged that she doesn't live in the 2nd District, but she noted that there isn't a law that prevents her from running for the seat.

De la Cruz has been representing the Rhode Island Senate's 23rd District, covering parts of Burrillville, Glocester, and North Smithfield, since Jan. 1, 2019.

Bob Lancia is the only other Republican so far to announce a bid for the seat, which will be vacated by longtime Congressman Jim Langevin, who isn't seeking re-election.

While Providence resident Omar Bah, a Democrat, said Saturday that he will be running for the seat, state Reps. Teresa Tanzi and Carol Hagan McEntee are still considering.

Former Rep. Ed Pacheco is expected to announce his bid on Monday.

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