Providence Mayor David Cicilline is the front-runner in the race to represent Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District.

The openly gay Cicilline is up by double digits in the polls. According to the New York Time's FiveThirtyEight Election Forecast, Cicilline has a 91.9 percent chance of winning on November 2.

The 49-year-old Cicilline, who has served two terms as mayor of Providence, enjoys the endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group that supports openly gay elected officials, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay rights advocate.

He also holds a fundraising advantage against his Republican rival, John Loughlin II.

If elected, Cicilline would become the fourth House member who is openly gay, provided Democratic front-runners Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Jared Polis of Colorado win their re-election bids.

Cicilline boosters say he's up in the polls because his campaign has focused on jobs and the economy.

“He has a strong reputation for building Providence's economy and I think that focus for him has really been what has propelled him to the front of this race,” Robin Brand, deputy executive director of the Victory Fund, told CNN.

Brand added that Cicilline's honesty about his sexuality is a plus in the eyes of many voters.

“It's clear that it may not be easy to run as openly gay or lesbian, but they are being open and honest about who they are. Voters really respect that, and I think that, in some ways, can really be an advantage especially in times like this.”

Denis Dison, a Victory Fund vice president, echoed a similar sentiment.

“Every year more and more brave people are stepping up to run for office while being honest about who they are,” Dison told On Top Magazine in an email. “That's going to change politics in America.”

A fifth openly gay candidate, Steve Pougnet, is challenging Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack in California.