Nov 3, 2010

Rhode Island Elects State's First Independent Governor, Lincoln Chafee

From the Providence Journal:
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 — after spending more than $1.6 million of his family’s personal fortune — in an election-night nail-biter in which Robitaille came within less than 100 votes of beating him as the votes were still rolling in. With an unknown number of provisional ballots yet to be counted, Chafee led Robitaille 36 percent to 34 percent, with fewer than 8,000 votes between them.

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