PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democrats will have even bigger majorities in the Rhode Island General Assembly when lawmakers convene next year.
Three Republican state Senators and two Republican House members lost re-election bids according to results from Tuesday’s election.
Republican lawmakers who won’t be returning include Rep. Laurence Ehrhardt of North Kingstown, Rep. Dan Reilly of Portsmouth, Sen. Beth Moura of Cumberland, Sen. Francis Maher of Exeter and Sen. Glenford Shibley of Coventry.
Mail ballots are still being counted in some races, but if preliminary results hold up, Democrats would hold 69 of 75 House seats and 32 of 38 Senate seats.
House Speaker Gordon Fox of Providence says his party fielded good candidates who resonated with voters and also benefited from having top Democrats like President Barack Obama on the ballot.