Rhode Island Democrats lose some seats to Republicans but maintain legislative control

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November 15, 2010

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By Geoff Pallay

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Democrats maintained their commanding control of the Rhode Island State Senate and Rhode Island State House after the November 2 general election. Despite losing seats in the Senate and House, Democrats still maintain veto-proof majority control.[1]

Prior to the election, Democrats held a 69-6 lead in the House, and a 33-4 (plus one Independent) lead in the Senate. Republicans picked up 4 House seats and 3 Senate seats.


Rhode Island State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 33 29
     Republican Party 4 8
     Independent 1 1
Total 38 38

The following Democratic incumbent lost in the Senate.


Wyoming House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 19 9
     Republican Party 41 51
Total 60 60

The following three Democratic incumbents lost in the House.

When the legislature next meets for session, there will be 6 new senators and 22 newly sworn-in representatives. Of those new legislators, there are 19 new Democrats (1 in the Senate, 18 in the House) and 9 Republicans (5 in the Senate, 4 in the House).

Rhode Island was the most tumultuous state for incumbents during the primary, as 9 House incumbents and 1 Senate incumbent were defeated through an intra-party challenge prior to the general election. All nine Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent in the primary also won the general election on November 2. Additionally, the Republican senate challenger (Nicholas Kettle) who defeated an incumbent also won his general election race.

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