It was a great night, locally. First, everyone I voted for won. All the neighboring candidates that I contributed to also easily won. So, I'm not so bummed this morning.
Democrat-in-name-only Frank Caprio, after becoming nationally famous for telling the President of the United States to take his endorsement and "shove it", crashed and burned by falling from first to third place. Served him right.
Four years after losing his seat in the U.S. Senate, Lincoln D. Chafee has won his bid to become Rhode Island's first independent governor, taking the office his father, the late John H. Chafee, held in the 1960s. He squeaked out a victory over Republican John F. Robitaille in an election night nail-biter.
History has been made. After 16 years of Republican governorships, RI elected the first independent governor in its long history.
More history was made in Little Rhody.
Rhode Island's first openly gay congressman was elected.
Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline beat state Rep. John Loughlin II Tuesday in an unusually close race to become Rhode Island's new congressman from the 1st District, successfully keeping the seat in the Democratic fold.
Langevin is the first quadriplegic to serve in the US House of Representatives.
Democrat James R. Langevin cruised Tuesday to a sixth consecutive term in Congress, easily defeating Republican rival Mark S. Zaccaria and independent John O. Matson.
Providence elected Angel Taveras to be its first Latino mayor. In another sign of America's demographic changes.
Angel Taveras, a former housing court judge, was elected Mayor of Providence with more than 80% of the vote.
The rest of Rhode Island swept in Democrats in a supposedly "Republican year".
The same can be said for our friends just across the border in Massachusetts which voted straight ticket for the Democrats (Scott Brown just pooped his pants with his own election just two years away).
Two big races up there.
Ten months after Scott Brown inspired Republicans, Massachusetts turned decidedly blue again.
Governor Patrick, who is a very close friend of President Obama and is like him in style and substance more than any other politician, easily won. This is a great sign for 2012.
Governor Deval Patrick defeated Republican rival Charles D. Baker yesterday to win a second term, a dramatic end to an election in which Democrats crushed hopes of a Republican resurgence in Massachusetts.
Barney Frank, the man that Republicans love to hate, won an easy one.
Greeted by chants of "Bar-ney! Bar-ney!’’ at the same hotel straddling the Massachusetts Turnpike where he launched his first congressional campaign in 1980, Frank last night thanked voters in his district and across the state for beating back the "unreasoning anger, vituperation, [and] anonymous smears’’ that he said characterized many Republican campaigns this year.
Like it or not, 2012 is right on us and my priorities will be to help the President get reelected and also help Scott Brown out the door. I think that he knows that he is not surviving the next election.