2016-11-10 / Front Page

Ruggiero edges Schiff

Incumbent Dem wins 61 percent of absentee ballots

Deb Ruggiero once again will represent Jamestown in the State House.
The incumbent Democrat defeated GOP challenger Rebecca Schiff, 3,375 to 3,149.
The state Board of Elections counted 837 absentee ballots Tuesday, with Ruggiero winning 510 compared to 327 for Schiff. That helped boost the slim 43-vote lead (2,865 to 2,822) Ruggiero had after Election Day.
There were 1,029 requested absentee ballots in Jamestown and Middletown, the two municipalities comprising District 74 in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, so about 82 percent of them were returned.
The 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent victory is Ruggiero’s closest margin in her five elections for state representative. She ran unopposed in 2014 and received 68 percent of the vote in 2012.
The final margin of 226 means Schiff can’t request a recount, according to state law. If the number of votes cast is fewer than 20,000, the candidate requesting the recount must be within 2 percentage points, or 200 votes, whichever is less.

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