2006-09-14 / Front Page

How Jamestown voted in Tuesday's primary

About 25 percent of Jamestown's voters turned out to cast a ballot in Tuesday's primary elections.

The number of Republican ballots cast was nearly twice the number of Democratic ballots, primarily because of the hotly contested race for the U.S. Senate between conservative Republican Stephen Laffey and moderate incumbent Lincoln Chafee.

In all, 808 Republican ballots were cast and 409 Democratic ballots were voted.

In the Republican Senate race, Chafee won the ticket handily with 522 votes to Laffey's 283. Chafee's Democratic opponent in the November general election will be Sheldon Whitehouse, who received 330 votes in Jamestown. Whitehouse's opponents Carl Sheeler and Christopher Young received a total of 68 votes between them.

In other races, the Democratic challenger for lieutenant governor Elizabeth Roberts defeated Spencer E. Dickinson by a vote of176 to 63. And on the Republican ticket for lieutenant governor, Reginald Centracchio beat Kernan "Kerry" King 395 to 255.

On the Democratic ballot for secretary of state, political newcomer Guillaume de Ramel received 226 votes while A. Ralph Mollis received 136.

In Congressional District 1, Republican Jonathan P. Scott defeated Edmund R. Leathers in a 391 to 141 contest for the chance to oppose Democratic incumbent Patrick J. Kennedy in the November election.

All other races, including that of Jamestown resident J. William W. Harsch, who is running for attorney general, were unopposed.

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