PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The votes are all in. They just need to be counted and released.
Voters in Rhode Island’s state primary have been waiting since Tuesday for definitive results from the runoff, including key legislative seats and mayoral contests in Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket and Warwick.
Election officials said they needed more time to collect and tabulate mail ballots from drop boxes stationed around the state. A record number of Rhode Islanders voted by mail as a safe alternative because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some key top of the ticket races were still settled on election night, including U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin's primary showdown with fellow Democrat Dylan Conley, which Langevin won. He'll face former state lawmaker Robert Lancia, who won the Republican primary, in November.
In state legislative races, state Rep. Moira Walsh conceded defeat to high school principal Nathan Biah in a Democratic primary in Providence. Known for championing liberal causes, Walsh was a vocal critic of the House’s Democratic leaders. Shortly after she took office in 2017 she rebuked other lawmakers for drinking in the Statehouse.
Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline had no primary opponent Tuesday in his reelection bid in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed also sailed past the primary unopposed and will face Republican Allen Waters in November.
Rhode Island’s other U.S. senator, Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, won’t be up for reelection again until 2024.