Paiva Weed, Ruggiero win
With all the hullabaloo surrounding the Town Council race, the other bids on this year’s ticket seemed to be overshadowed. Unsurprisingly, Jamestowners voted all Democrats into state and federal office Tuesday, including an 11th term for Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.
Paiva Weed easily defeated fellow Newport resident Geoffrey Cook for the state’s District 13 Senate seat. In town, 2,036 voters chose Paiva Weed, while 1,073 chose Cook, the Tea Party candidate. Overall, she received 7,063 votes to Cook’s 2,957. With 71 percent of the votes, Paiva Weed improved on her landslide victory over Cook in 2010, when she received 66 percent of the votes.
In the other race to represent Jamestown in the state General Assembly, incumbent Deb Ruggiero had no problem defeating Republican Anthony Mastrostefano in the race for District 74 House of Representatives. Ruggiero, who lives in Jamestown, received 3,919 votes, while Mastrostefano, also a Jamestown resident, received 1,822. With 68% percent of the vote, Ruggiero will prepare for her third term as state rep.
These numbers do not take into account the nearly 400 absentee ballots in Jamestown.
“I appreciate your vote and confi dence,” said Ruggiero, who was at Town Hall Tuesday night congratulating the winners. “I am honored to serve. Now the real work begins.”
Ruggiero also commended Mastrostefano on his campaign. “Thanks for giving voters a choice and being a gentleman,” she said.
In the Congressional races, incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse won his bid for re-election handily over Republican Barry Hinckley. Whitehouse received 65 percent of the vote. The Democrat will now prepare for his second term in the U.S. Senate. In town, Hinckley did slightly better than he did in the overall results, losing with 38 percent of the vote.
In the race to represent Rhode Island’s first district in the U.S. House of Representatives, incumbent David Cicilline won a three-way race against Republican Brendan Doherty and Independent David Vogel. Cicilline garnered 53 percent of the vote to Doherty’s 41 percent and Vogel’s 6 percent. The freshman representative will begin his second term in January.
In Jamestown, Cicilline wasn’t a big favorite, narrowly edging Doherty by 44 votes, 1,486 to 1,442. Vogel received 249 votes from Jamestown residents.
In the presidential race, Barack Obama swept the Jamestown, Rhode Island and national races over Republican Mitt Romney. Nationwide, Obama locked up 303 electoral votes (270 is needed to become president), and he also won the popular vote by 2.5 million ballots – 50 percent voted for Obama, 48 percent voted for Romney, and the remaining 2 percent were scattered between five wildcards and write-in candidates.
In Rhode Island, a traditionally blue state, Obama received 63 percent of the votes. Romney garnered 35 percent, while Libertarian Party member Gary Johnson was the only other candidate on the ballot to receive at least 1 percent of the vote in Rhode Island.
In Jamestown, Romney did slightly better, but still lost to Obama in a landslide. The president received 60 percent of the vote in town, defeating Romney, 1,965 to 1,209. Romney’s 37 percent was second. Gary Johnson garnered 36 votes, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein received 28 votes.