Politics
5:30 am
Tue September 14, 2010

Cicilline & Taveras big winners of the night

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The unofficial results show David Cicilline clinching the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District and Angel Taveras beating the other three Democrats running for Mayor of Providence.

1st Congressional District
Providence Mayor David Cicilline held the lead all night, ending up with 37 percent of the vote. Unofficial results show Anthony Gemma with 23 percent, David Segal with 20 percent, and Bill Lynch with 20 percent.

Cicilline told supporters at the Providence Biltmore he's committed to showing frustrated people that government can work.

"This campaign is about delivering real results to those Rhode Islanders who have lost faith in government, and lost faith that the government is there to help them," says Cicilline.

2nd Congressional District Race
In the 2nd Congressional District race, incumbent Democrat Jim Langevin cruised to victory with unofficial results showing him with 57 percent of the vote. That's compared to state representative Betsy Dennigan's 34 percent, and Roger Williams University professor Ernie Greco's 9 percent.

Langevin is one step closer to winning his sixth term in Congress. He says his win is proof that for his seat at least, this isn't an anti- incumbent year.

"I'm grateful that people have not put me in that category and that they've rallied to my support once again and they rallied around me and have chosen me to go forward to November to hopefully again be reelected and represent them fight for them in the United States Congress," says Langevin.

Langevin will face Republican Mark Zaccaria in the general election.

The Republicans battling for a slot in the 2nd Congressional District race, unofficial results show Mark Zaccaria beat out his three challengers with 55 percent of the vote. Donald Robbio got 21 percent, Bill Clegg got 14 percent and Mike Gardiner came in with 9 percent of the vote.

GOP Gubernatorial Race
Rhode Island Republicans threw their support behind John Robitaille for governor. Unofficial results show he garnered 70 percent of the vote compared to former state representative Victor Moffit's 30 percent.

John Robitaille, Governor Carcieri's former spokesman, took the lead with the earliest returns and held onto it all night. Fellow Republican Victor Moffitt called him around 10:30 pm to concede.

"Ok. That was Victor Moffitt just conceding, Robitaille says. "He's going to take a few days off and then he said he's going to get out and support my candidacy!"

Robitaille says he expects to spend about half a million dollars on the race; most of it on television and radio time, pounding home his message of less government and lower taxes.

Lt. Governor's Race
For Lt. Governor, unofficial results show Democrat Elisabeth Roberts beat Jeremy Kapstein with 64 percent of the vote, while Republican Heidi Rogers beat out Kara Russo with 67 percent.

Secretary of State
In the Secretary of State's race,Democrat Ralph Mollis beat Leonidas Raptakis with 63 percent of the vote.

Attorney General's Race
State representative Peter Kilmartin emerged as the winner of the Democratic primary for Attorney General, with unofficial results showing him with 40 percent of the vote over candidates Stephen Archambault and Joe Fernandez.

Kilmartin led through most of the night, but he says he wasn't ready to declare victory until the very last moment.

"I am one that I wait until the last moment and the check mark is there and the 100 percent of the precincts are in I don't take anything for granted," says Kilmartin. "I never have. Until I knew at the final bell, that's when I knew and that's when I had the sense of relief."

The former captain of the Pawtucket Police Department faces Republican Erik Wallin in the general election as well as Moderate Party candidate Chris Little and two Independent candidates.

Voter Turn Out
Voting was soft across Rhode Island on primary day. That's according to Chris Barnett of the Secretary of State's office.

"Anecdotally, we're hearing that turnout is light - even for a primary," Barnett says. "The next big surge is traditionally from about 5 o'clock to 8 o'clock, as voters stop by on their way home or after dinner."

Rhode Islanders that came out to one Providence polling place had different reasons for voting.

Blossom Kirschenbaum said she thought all the races were important, but the mayoral race was critical.

"A new mayor puts one looking back over the last decades and ahead to a very dimly envisioned future, Kirschenbaum said. "Hopes that could be realized much affected my decision."

Stanley Weiss said he was more focused on the state than the city.

"We have a state government that doesn't get it. We have elderly people all retiring outside of Rhode Island, particularly those people with money that could spend it here," Weiss said. "They're all leaving because we're at the bottom of the heap of all New England states."

Kirschenbaum and Weiss cast their votes at the Cathedral of St. John in Providence.

About 20 percent of Rhode Island's more than 700,000 registered voters usually take part in primaries. The polls will be open tonight until 9 p.m.