RI Board of Elections releases primary results


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Rhode Island Board of Elections has released results from a historic primary that was driven by mail-in ballots due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The posted results, delayed since Tuesday due to over 38,000 mail-in ballots received, have ended speculation on some closely-watched races across the state.

In Cranston, Maria Bucci claimed the Democratic Party nomination for mayor over opponent Steve Stycos. Bucci will face off against GOP candidate Ken Hopkins to replace the term-limited mayor, Allan Fung.

The results show a leaning toward progressive candidates in some key races, displacing some incumbents.

In the Democratic Party race for District 18 senator, Cynthia Mendes claimed the nomination by a wide margin over Senate Finance Committee Chair William Conley.

Mendes took in nearly 65 percent of the vote in East Providence and just over 56 percent in Pawtucket.

In the race for Providence’s District 6, longtime incumbent Democratic Sen. Harold Metts lost to Tiara Mack. Mack, who is Black and identifies as queer, ran on a campaign supporting single payer healthcare, bail reform, and other touchstones in-line with progressives.

Elsewhere in Providence, District 5 incumbent Sen. Sam Bell fended off a challenge from Providence City Council Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan by a wide margin. Bell had posted on his Facebook page yesterday that Ryan conceded the race to him.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, meanwhile, claimed the win for District 4, declaring victory over challenger Leonardo Cioe.

“Every vote has now been counted and I greatly appreciate the support of my constituents and neighbors reelecting me to the Senate,” Ruggerio said in a statement. “We have many challenges ahead of us and I will work as hard as I can with my colleagues in the Senate and with the House and Governor Raimondo to get Rhode Island moving again. As always, I will continue to rely on input from the residents in my district as we make policy decisions for the betterment of all Rhode Islanders.”

The full list of results can be found on the Board of Elections’s website.

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