Updated March 27 at 3:27pm

Chafee first independent R.I. governor; strong showing by Democrats


PROVIDENCE - Lincoln D. Chafee will become Rhode Island’s first independent governor after capturing 36.1 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

Chafee edged out Republican John F. Robitaille (33.6 percent) and Democrat Frank T. Caprio (23.0 percent); President Barack Obama’s “non endorsement” has been flagged as an important factor in the results.

Democrats won all of the statewide races except for the governor's seat.

According to the unofficial results, David N. Cicilline, Democratic candidate for U.S. District 1, won the election race with 50.6 percent of the vote, while Republican John J. Loughlin II followed with 44.6 percent.

For the U.S. District 2, James R. Langevin, Democrat, will represent Rhode Island after a clear victory with 59.9 percent of the vote. Mark S. Zaccaria, Republican, registered 31.8 percent.

Elizabeth H. Roberts, Democrat, was supported for a second term as lieutenant governor with 54.5 percent of the vote.

Robert J. Healey Jr., who vowed to effectively abolish the office if elected, or at least eliminate its six staff members and the office’s $975,000 share of the $7.8 billion state budget, saw support from 39.2 percent of voters.

In a tight race for Secretary of State, A. Ralph Morris, Democrat, edged out Catherine Terry Taylor, Republican, with 50.6 percent compared with 49.4 percent.

Peter F. Kilmartin, Democrat, will be Rhode Island’s Attorney General. Kilmartin (43.1 percent) beat out Republican Erik B. Wallin (29.0 percent), Moderate Christopher H. Little (14.4 percent), independent Keven A. McKenna (9.6 percent) and independent Robert E. Rainville (4.0 percent).

Gina M. Raimondo, co-founder of venture capital firm Point Judith Capital, took the General Treasurer race with 62.1 percent of the vote. Her opponent Kernan F. King, Republican, stood at 37.9 percent.

Angel Taveras, Democrat, became the first Hispanic mayor of Providence on Tuesday with an overwhelming victory of 82.1 percent, compared with independent Jonathan Scott’s 17.9 percent.

As for the four questions put to the ballot, 77.9 percent of voters rejected eliminating “Providence Plantations” from the state’s official name.

Getting a nod of approval were: the bill authorizing the state to issue $78 million in bonds to fund major projects for the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College; the $80 million in transportation bonds for highway, roads and bridges, and the $14.7 million “open space and recreation” bond to buy the remaining 82 acres at the former Rocky Point amusement park in Warwick and preserve it for public use, as well as to buy the former Shooters nightclub site in Providence for development it for public use, and to continue preservation efforts at Fort Adams in Newport.

For the Rhode Island Board of Elections’ website, click here.


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Rhode Island is undoubtedly the smallest state. As a result of electing Chafee and Cicilline, can there be any doubt that we are also the dumbest. Most of the rest of the country woke up and threw democrats out of office. Not the Ocean State. We are drowning in Democrats. It doesn't take a MENSA-level intellect to realize the Democratic program—provide everything to everyone "for free" (in return for votes) and borrow from the Chines to pay for it—is destroying the nation. Seventy years of Democratic governance, Rhode Island, and we are the worst state in almost every study. We are among the most highly taxed. Our students perform among the worst. We are one of the least business friendly. Our infrastructure is crumbling. And we elect a governor who campaigned on raising taxes in the middle of a deep and protracted recession. RI government doesn't have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. How stupid are we not see the obvious?

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Totally agree with your comment, but then I wonder. If we were the dumbest in Rhode Island, what does that make the voters in Massachusetts who re-elected Barney Frank ??

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