Democrat Jim Seveney and Republican John Pagliarni Jr. came out on top in a special primary election Tuesday for a vacant seat in the Rhode Island state Senate. Seven candidates were in the running for the District 11 seat.
Seveney easily repulsed his main opponent on the Democratic side of the primary, former State Rep. Amy Rice. Unofficial partial results show Seveney received 693 votes, or 68 percent of the Democratic tally, compared with 204 votes, or 20 percent, for Rice. Brett Pelletier lagged behind on the Democratic side with 115 votes.