Rhode Island to hold recounts in 5 Democratic primary races

(Madeleine Wright, WPRI-TV)
(Madeleine Wright, WPRI-TV)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Board of Elections will conduct recounts in five Democratic primary races for seats in the General Assembly.

The board said the recounts will begin at 9 a.m. Friday.

Election workers will re-read all ballots cast in Tuesday’s primary between House Majority Leader John DeSimone and challenger Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, both of Providence. DeSimone requested a recount after preliminary results showed him losing by 17 votes.

Ballots won’t be manually counted but electronic storage devices will be re-read for discrepancies in four other Democratic primaries for seats now held by Providence Rep. Thomas Palangio, who sought a recount, and Providence Sen. Frank Ciccone, Pawtucket Sen. James Doyle and Pawtucket Rep. David Coughlin, whose opponents sought recounts.

Statewide voter turnout for the primary was slightly more than 9 percent.

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