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R.I. primary election results in; Cicilline, Taveras take Dem. nominations

COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE
DAVID N. CICILLINE WON THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION for Rhode Island's first congressional district on Tuesday. Cicilline will run for the seat in November against Republican opponent John J. Loughlin II and independents Kenneth Capalbo and Gregory Raposa.
Posted 9/15/10

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s primary election results tentatively confirm the victory of David N. Cicilline as the Democratic nominee to the first congressional district with 37.2 percent of the vote, beating out Anthony P. Gemma (23.1 percent), David A. Segal (20.1 percent) and William J. Lynch (19.6 percent).

The results will be confirmed by the Rhode Island Board of Elections at 4 p.m. Wednesday, a board spokeswoman said.

Cicilline will face Republican opponent John J. Loughlin II, who won the GOP nomination Tuesday with 83.3 percent of the votes, and independents Kenneth Capalbo and Gregory Raposa.

According to the unofficial results, Angel Taveras, with 49.4 percent of the vote, will be the Democratic nominee for mayor of Providence, defeating Councilman John Lombardi (29 percent), state Rep. Steven Costantino (20 percent), and Christopher Young (1.6 percent).

Taveras will face independent candidate Jonathan Scott in the November election.

In the Republican gubernatorial primary, John Robitaille cruised past Victor G. Moffitt, garnering more than 70 percent of the vote. Robitaille will face Democratic nominee Frank T. Caprio, the Republican-turned-independent candidate Lincoln Chafee and Moderate Party candidate Ken Block in November.

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts defeated Democratic challenger and Red Sox executive Jeremy Kapstein. She will face Republican nominee Heidi Rogers, who received 67.3 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis held off state Sen. Leonidas “Lou” Raptakis, receiving 63.3 percent of the vote. Mollis will face Republican nominee Catherine Terry Taylor.

Peter F. Kilmartin will represent the Democratic Party in the race for attorney general against Republican nominee Erik B. Wallin, Moderate Party candidate Christopher H. Little and independents Keven A. McKenna and Robert E. Rainville.

Kilmartin came out victorious Tuesday with 39.9 percent of the vote in a close three-way race with Stephen R. Archambault (33.3 percent) and Joseph M. Fernandez (26.7 percent).

While the primary failed to produce any major upsets on the state and federal levels, its results could change the complexion of the General Assembly.

Nine current state representatives lost on Tuesday: Joseph Almeida of Providence, David Caprio of Narragansett, Chris Fierro of Woonsocket, Doug Gablinske of Bristol, Al Gemma of Warwick, Michael Rice of South Kingstown, Kenneth Vaudreuil of Central Falls, Peter Wasylyk of Providence and Mary Ann Shallcross Smith of Lincoln.

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