Friday, November 9, 2012
Michael Farley, who was elected to the Newport City Council on Tuesday, issued a public statement endorsing Harry Winthrop for Mayor.
Friday, November 9, 2012
The following was written by Michael Farley: I am writing to lend my support to Harry Winthrop for the positions of Council Chair and Mayor of Newport. Two years ago, I stood with Harry and Naomi in support of Jeanne Marie Napolitano as the Mayor. Unfortunately, I lost the 2010 recount by 9 votes, and Councilor McLaughlin cast the deciding vote against Jeanne Marie. In July of this year, I was advised by Harry and Jeanne Marie to make no commitments regarding the mayoral selection. I honored that advice and made no commitments, but noted to both that I had previously supported the top vote-getter in my previous campaigns. After speaking with Councilors Neville, Leonard and McLaughlin over the last several days, it is clear to me that …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Despite the fact that 58 percent of registered voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, long lines persisted at certain polling stations.
The City Canvassing Office reports approximately 58 percent of registered Newport voters turned out to the polls for Tuesday’s election. Out of Newport’s 14,254 registered voters, 8,244 cast their ballots. Canvassing Clerk Richard O’Neill said 280 unregistered voters also cast their vote for President and Vice President at City Hall. Turn out for the last presidential election “may have been a little higher,” O’Neill said, but the numbers generally appeared to be consistent. The canvassing office is still waiting for mail ballot results, which are still being processed. O’Neill said 949 people applied for a mail ballot, but the number of completed ballots is still unknown. Results should be finalized sometime today, he said. While voter …
The students cast their presidential votes in a mock polling center.
Rhode Island voters favor Democrats in election.
It was a good night for Democrats Tuesday in Rhode Island. In Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District David Cicilline was able to win a second term against a tough race fought against Republican Brendan Doherty. The former head of the Rhode Island State Police strongly criticized Cicilline during the course of the campaign over his final leadership of the city of Providence when he was mayor for eight before heading to Washington two years ago. In the 2nd Congressional District James Langevin was able to win a seventh term over Republican Michael Riley. Riley reportedly lent his campaign more than $600,000. Langevin cited as accomplishments his work to maintain submarine production at Electric Boat and efforts to strengthen job training …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
Updates on the 2012 federal and state elections will be posted here throughout the day. Connect with us on Twitter at #PatchElections.
Check back at your local Patch all day for live election updates. In the race for President of the United States, influential Rhode Island political insiders have weighed in regarding who has run the better "ground game" in Rhode Island leading up to the election during our latest Red Rhody/Blue Rhody political survey. According to our results, Democratic influencers felt Obama has run a better ground campaign by a wide margin while a majority of Republican influencers surveyed said the ground campaign up to this point has been even. In 2008, Rhode Island voted Democratic with 296,571 voters casting ballots for the Obama-Biden team. Republican John McCain and Sarah Palin earned 165,391 votes. According to the Rhode Island Secretary of …
Updates on the 2012 Newport election will be posted here throughout the day. Connect with us on Twitter at #PatchElections.
Preliminary election results can be found at the bottom of this article. Newport voters turned out in droves, and some waited in very long lines, to cast their vote during Tuesday’s election. While mail ballots have not yet been counted, preliminary results show voters have elected two new faces to the Newport City Council. Newport voters chose Michael Farley as the council’s newest At-Large member over Donald Boucher by more than 1,000 votes. “It’s a great feeling, I’m thrilled with the result. I’m so grateful for everyone who’s supported me in this race and the last,” Farley said. “I’m excited to start the transition by sitting down with city staff and looking at the pending issues.” Farley said he is most focused on economic …
Voters in Rhode Island on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 4 Electoral votes.
Barack Obama won Rhode Island’s 4 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. The Wall Street Journal along with the Associated Press has called the race in Rhode Island declaring Obama the winner. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Rhode Island. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state.
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Patch will have a team of editors in our Patch communities covering Tuesday's election in real-time in our live blog.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
After more than a year of hype, hundreds of speeches and millions spent on campaign ads, the 2012 election is finally here — and Patch is covering it live in a real-time Election Day Blog. We will have more than a dozen editors throughout Rhode Island in our Patch communities on Tuesday, talking to voters, election officials and others — and providing updates and results in the blog from 2 p.m. until the final races are called. We also want to hear from you, so make sure your post a comment in the blog. Tell us how you voted for and why; share your experiences at the polls; or just weigh in on the big election of 2012. The Election Day blog will launch around 2 p.m. Tuesday...but you can sign up now to receive an email alert once the blog …