5 local Rhode Island races could be heading for a recount

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — The Board of Elections said they have received recount request for five races from last night’s primary election.

Three of the races are for Providence City Council seats and the other two are for the Democratic primary for Senate District 29 in Warwick and House District 57 in Cumberland and a portions of Central Falls.

A Board of Elections spokesman said the recount requests for all races will be heard Monday and if granted, recounts will take place that evening.

The council races that were requested were for Ward 3, Ward 4 and Ward 14.

Out of all five races the Ward 3 was decided by the closest margin where Susan Anderbois garnered 1220 votes to Corey Jones 1205. That seat was vacated by Nirva LaFortune who ran for Providence mayor.

Ward 4 is currently at 45 vote difference where Justin Roias is leading Joseph Casoli in the race to to replace Nicholas Narducci.

In Ward 14, Shelley Tracee Peterson is leading Andrew Poyant by 36 votes. That seat is open after David Salvatore unsuccessfully challenged Sam Bell for a state senate seat.

In the House District 57 race, political newcomer Brandon Voas garnered 656 votes to six-term incumbent James McLaughlin’s 622.

According to the Board of Elections, McLaughlin received for primary day votes than Voas, while Voas took in more mail and early voting votes.

The final recount request was for Senate District 29 in Warwick where Jennifer Rourke is showing a 232 advantage over Michael Carreiro.

That race caught the eye of political experts as the winner will be replacing Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey who decided to retire.

Rourke was also involved in a physical altercation at the State House early this summer with a former Republican challenger to the seat Jeann Lugo.

Lugo was charged with simple assault in that altercation and dropped out of the race shortly after. That case is currently heading to trial.

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