PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Island has another Governor Chafee.
Independent Lincoln Chafee outpolled a seven-man field Tuesday to win the office his father, the late Sen. John H. Chafee, held more than 40 years ago. He is the first candidate to win the governorship as an Independent.
â€śRoger Williams would be proud,â€ť Chafee said in his acceptance speech, referring to man who founded of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1663.
Providence Mayor David Cicilline bucked a sweeping nationwide Republican trend Tuesday to narrowly win the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Patrick Kennedy,
In besting a surprisingly strong showing by Republican John Loughlin, 51 to 45, Cicilline becomes the first mayor of Providence to successfully win higher office since Dennis J. Roberts was elected governor in 1950. Also seeking the seat were Independents Kenneth Capalbo, who got 4 percent of the vote and Gregory Raposa, who picked up less than 1 percent,