The Latest: Democrat McKee re-elected lieutenant governor

Published 11-07-2018

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Latest on the midterm elections in Rhode Island (all times local):

8:57 p.m.

Democrat Dan McKee has won a second four-year term as lieutenant governor in Rhode Island.

McKee defeated Republican Paul Pence and independent and moderate candidates Tuesday.

McKee campaigned on his experience as the incumbent and a former six-term mayor of Cumberland.

Pence hasn't held elected office. He campaigned on being an outsider who could make government functions more effective, efficient and responsive.

McKee says he wants to continue working to make Rhode Island better, whether that's advocating for the small business community, intervening with the Public Utilities Commission to help people save on electricity costs or helping figure out how the state can better provide services for residents with A

McKee says he wants to continue working to make Rhode Island better, whether that's advocating for the small business community, intervening with the Public Utilities Commission to help people save on electricity costs or helping figure out how the state can better provide services for residents with Alzheimer's disease.

He also wants to talk to lawmakers about studying the possibility of expanding the position's powers.

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8:55 p.m.

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline has won re-election after fending off a challenge from Republican Patrick Donovan.

The Rhode Island Democrat cruised to victory Tuesday in the 1st Congressional District, which covers the easternmost part of the state. He'll serve a fifth term.

He has a rising profile in the national Democratic Party and is outspoken in his criticism of President Donald Trump.

Cicilline says Democrats will prioritize addressing the rising cost of health care, particularly prescription drugs, investi

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8:55 p.m.

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline has won re-election after fending off a challenge from Republican Patrick Donovan.

The Rhode Island Democrat cruised to victory Tuesday in the 1st Congressional District, which covers the easternmost part of the state. He'll serve a fifth term.

He has a rising profile in the national Democratic Party and is outspoken in his criticism of President Donald Trump.

Cicilline says Democrats will prioritize addressing the rising cost of health care, particularly prescription drugs, investing in infrastructure and reforming how money is spent in elections.

Cicilline, of Providence, is proud of a proposal to help manufacturers that became law this year. He is also trying to make college affordable.

Donovan, a stay-at-home father from Newport, tried to cast himself as someone who would be more attuned to residents' needs.

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8:50 p.m.

U.S. Rep. James Langevin has won re-election after fending off a challenge from Republican Salvatore Caiozzo (ky-OH'-zoh).

The Rhode Island Democrat cruised to victory Tuesday in the 2nd Congressional District in western Rhode Island. Langevin will serve a 10th term.

Langevin, of Warwick, says he wants to continue fighting for a stronger middle class, affordable health care, quality education and better jobs with higher wages.

Caiozzo, a retired businessman from West Greenwich, ran for the seat in 2016 as an independent, finishing last. He told voters he is neither left nor right and could solve problems.

One of Langevin's top priorities is protecting the nation against cyber threats. He also wants to make sure a bill he pushed for to strengthen career and technical education is implemented robustly.

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8:35 p.m.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has been re-elected to a second term in Rhode Island.

Raimondo, the state's first female governor, beat Republican Allan Fung on Tuesday.

Raimondo campaigned on a promise to continue the state's economic momentum. She wants to continue offering tax credits and incentives to attract companies to Rhode Island.

Rhode Island's unemployment rate recently reached its lowest point in nearly 30 years.

Raimondo told voters Fung and independent Joe Trillo would take the state backward. She raised more and outspent them by a large margin.

Fung, the Cranston mayor, tried to portray Raimondo as incompetent. He said he would lower the sales tax.

Raimondo says she will seek to expand job training programs she started, make larger investments in helping small businesses and expand a free college tuition program.

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8:10 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has won re-election after fending off a challenge from Republican Bob Flanders.

The Rhode Island Democrat was elected to a third term in the Senate on Tuesday.

Whitehouse, of Newport, was first elected in 2006. He is known for being one of the leading voices in the Senate to do more to address climate change.

He successfully pushed for legislation and funding to address the nationwide opioid epidemic.

Flanders, a former state Supreme Court justice from East Greenwich, criticized Whitehouse's focus on climate change. Flanders said he would be more effective in Washington.

Whitehouse says he wants to protect people's health care, get rid of anonymous "dark money" spending in political campaigns and pass a bill to charge a fee for carbon pollution, among other priorities.

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7:30 p.m.

A polling place in Rhode Island has been evacuated due to a gas leak.

The state elections board says the polling place at Portsmouth High School was evacuated by the local fire department due to the leak Tuesday night.

It was moved to a different gym at the same school and voting hours will be extended by the amount of time it took to move the polling place.

The elections board says more than 337,000 residents statewide had voted as of 7 p.m., out of nearly 790,000 registered voters. That's nearly 43 percent.

In the 2014 election, 44 percent of the state's voters cast ballots.

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2:35 p.m.

Yaseen Nagib says his generation needs to be heard.

The 18-year-old Classical High School senior from Providence voted for the first time Tuesday just days after his birthday.

He says his generation has different opinions on issues than older people, and "we need to be heard on these issues."

He said education was the most important issue to him.

He called Republican President Donald Trump "a racist and a liar," and voted Democratic.

Julie Shore, a 32-year-old a yoga teacher, usually only votes in presidential elections, but felt she needed to vote in the midterms after "seeing how the world has been going in the last few years since Trump came into office."

Moshe Moskowitz, a 34-year-old Providence man, described himself as "purple" on the issues, said he decided it was time for a change in the governor's office.

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12 p.m.

Voting in a Rhode Island community only accessible by ferry was interrupted briefly after the sole voting machine on the island malfunctioned.

The Rhode Island Board of Elections tweeted at about 9 a.m. Tuesday that the machine on Prudence Island "experienced a technical difficulty."

A new machine was ferried over and the board said the polling place is operating normally and all ballots have been counted.

Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay is part of the town of Portsmouth and has a population of about 200.

The board also said as of 11 a.m., more than 135,000 residents statewide had voted.

Rhode Islanders are voting in a three-way race for governor, and for congressional seats.

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5:55 a.m.

Rhode Island voters are choosing between Democratic incumbents asking for more time and Republican challengers calling for change.

Polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Voters are deciding between Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung. Independent Joe Trillo could act as a spoiler.

Raimondo and Fung were their parties' nominees in 2014.

Also at the top of the ballot, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse faces Republican Bob Flanders. Democratic Reps. James Langevin and David Cicilline also face Republican challengers.

Question 1 on the ballot asks voters' permission to spend $250 million for the first phase of an ambitious plan to rebuild schools.

The hypercharged national political environment is expected to drive record turnout in some places. Forty-four percent of Rhode Island's registered voters cast ballots in 2014.

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