2012 Election Results

Did your candidate lose? Did they win? Read the postmortem here for Narragansett and South Kingstown candidates.

Although as many as 1,000 mail ballots remain to be counted for South Kingstown, and 600 for Narragansett, most races of the 2012 General Election appear to be settled.

Looking for a full rundown for the candidates? Well, here you go! Here is our rundown, in the order of Narragansett, South Kingstown, state and federal races, and ballot questions.


The composition of the Narragansett Town Council will be radically different going forward, as the only incumbents remaining are Susan Cicilline-Buonanno (3,067) and Glenna Hagopian (2,637).

Joining them will be James Callaghan, Matthew Mannix (2,829) and Douglas McLaughlin. Callaghan was the top vote-getter with 3,404 votes, and McLaughlin was fifth with 2,527.

In sixth place was Patrick Murray, with 2,095 votes. Incumbents David Crook and Alisa Trainor Fleet were next, with 1,852 and 1,812 votes, respectively. Michael Lapisky (1,634) and Chris Laccinole (1,363) rounded out the field.


As expected, there were no surprises when it came to school committee. For the second election cycle in a row, Tammy McNeiece earned the town’s most votes, logging 3,789.

Joining her will be Keith Ranaldi (3,543), Diane Nobles (3,346), Frank White (2,979) and Guy deWardener (2,964). Only 62 write-in votes were cast.


In contrast to Narragansett, three of the top four vote-getters in South Kingstown were all incumbents – Ella Whaley (6,306), Carol Hagan McEntee (5,705) and James O’Neill (5,525).

Rounding out the council are newcomers Margaret “Meg” Healy (6,048) and Paul Donnelly (4,244).

If a seat is going to flip-flop via a recount or mail ballots, it’ll most likely be for the South Kingstown Town Council. In sixth place is Fred Frostic, who is 81 votes behind Donnelly. In seventh is Sean A. O’Donnell, who is 100 votes behind Donnelly.


For much of the night, this seemed like the closest race, but by the end of the night there was separation at the top and bottom of the spectrum.

Michelle Brousseau-Cavallaro earned 5,847 votes, giving her a bit of separation from Liz Morris (5,683), Jonathan Daly-LaBelle (5,679) and Stephen “Scott” Mueller (5,646).

The top four earned seats, which left fifth place Roland Benjamin on the outside. He trails Mueller by 273 votes, which would require a large swing via the mail-in ballots. W. Keith Vorhaben is in sixth with 4,945 votes.


Republican Dawson Hodgson dominated in his home precincts in East Greenwich to defeat Democrat Winters B. Hames III. Hodgson took 7,272 votes, vs. 5,181 for Hames.

Hodgson lost in South Kingstown, 1,750 votes to 1,542, and in Narragansett, 266 to 253. However, Hodgson took 5,477 votes in the remaining precincts, to Hames’ 3,165.


Democrat James Sheehan easily turned away challenger and first-time candidate Tina McKendall, earning 7,994 votes (60.3 percent) to 5,223. The margin of victory was similar in Narragansett, which Sheehan won with 62.1 percent.


Democrat V. Susan Sosnowski took almost 70 percent of the vote against challenger and Republican John F. Lindholm. Sosnowski won by about 4,396 votes.

In South Kingstown, which is where most of Sosnowski’s district lies, she took the vote 7,143 to 3,176.


Republican Dennis L. Algiere ran unopposed. He got 619 votes in South Kingstown and 9,165 votes statewide, against 170 write-in votes.


Democrat Donald Lally was also re-elected, defeating Republican Robert Trager. Lally took 58.4 percent of the vote, 3,835 to 2,715.

In Narragansett, Lally earned 2,131 votes to Trager’s 1,346. The margin was closer in Trager’s home district of South Kingstown, 1,704 to 1,369.


Freshman lawmaker and Democrat Teresa Tanzi earned a second term, thanks to a formidable showing in her home precincts in South Kingstown.

Tanzi beat challenger and Republican Chris Wilkens 1,827 to 882 in South Kingstown, a more than 2-to-1 margin. She also narrowly beat Wilkens in his home precincts in Narragansett, 1,658 to 1,641.


The State House environment will continue to be interesting for Democrat Spencer Dickinson, thanks to his re-election – and Gordon Fox’s, his frequent nemesis.

In South Kingstown – where all three of the voting precincts are –Dickinson beat Haldeman 2,280 to 1,903, about 9 percentage points.


Democrat Donna Walsh won a three-candidate race with Republican Tina Jackson and Independent candidate Kevin W. Prescott by almost 40 percent. Walsh took 4,356 votes, to 1,782 for Jackson and 728 for Prescott.

In South Kingstown, Walsh almost doubled up Jackson’s vote total, 1,016 to 554. Prescott garnered 207 votes. 


Democrat James Langevin earned another term in Congress, although the margin of victory wasn’t as wide as with other members of his party. Langevin received 55.7 percent of the vote statewide, vs. 35 percent for Republican Michael Riley and 9.2 percent for Independent candidate Abel Collins.

Collins, a Matunuck resident, received 21.5 percent of the vote in South Kingstown. However, even with this split of the vote, Langevin still won the town with 46.5 percent, as Riley only took 32 percent.

In Narragansett, Langevin took 45.9 percent, edging out Riley’s 41.4 percent. Collins finished with 12.6 percent.


Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse easily won re-election against Republican Barry Hinckley, both in state results and in local towns. Whitehouse won by 30 points, with 64.9 percent of the vote in Rhode Island.

Whitehouse took Narragansett with 58.2 percent. The tally was 63.3 percent in South Kingstown.


Mirroring state results, in both towns President Barack Obama easily won against Mitt Romney. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Obama received 62.9 percent of the vote in Rhode Island en route to a second term.

In Narragansett, Obama received 56.6 percent of the vote. Obama received 62.9 percent of the vote in South Kingstown, which generally came out stronger for Democrats than Narragansett.


In both towns, all of the ballot questions passed, although an initiative for table games in Newport failed in that city, making the question moot statewide.

The closest questions were No. 9 and No. 10 for Narragansett.

Question 9 gives wider latitude to the town council to organize town departments and agencies. It passed by a slim margin of 82 votes, 3,111 to 3,029.

Question 10 allows the town council to appoint two alternates to the Board of Canvassers. It passed by 230 votes, 3,163 to 2,933.


  • Our election night live blog, if you want to re-live the fun!
  • Barack Obama Re-Elected President
  • Barack Obama Wins Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Election Results 2012
  • Ballots for NKHS Delivered to SK

And so concludes the vast majority of our election coverage! However, if you want to be e-mailed for minor updates following any recounts and mail ballot tallies, or you want to get a jump on the 2014 cycle, click the “keep me posted!” button below.

Ted Geisel November 08, 2012 at 01:46 PM
People love walmart. Only a daily basis people vote with their dollars by going there. If Walmart were so evil people could simply stop doing business with them. Or are you calling a large swath of the population stupid? No one is forced into working at Walmart. Are people who work there not entitled to benefits like anyone else? I don't know about the walmart near you but there are a lot of people that work at the one near me who would be very hard pressed to find a job anywhere else. At least they are out there working. If you don't think they should be getting benefits maybe that is something you should take up with your representatives. Tax rates were above 90% in 1946, tax receipts were 17.7%. It's not that simple though. The highest tax receipts (at 19.9%, 19.8% and 20.6%) were in 1998, 1999, and 2000 when the rate was under 40%. Who are these rich people out to get us? Are they all evil or are you just stereotyping?
Stephen Greenwell November 08, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Just to update this, all the write-in ballots still haven't been factored in on the Secretary of State's website. They could factor into the South Kingstown Town Council race, but otherwise, it's likely the rest of the results would remain the same. I'll post a supplemental article when I do see the numbers move.
Sam D November 08, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Misrepresentnig/misunderstanding what I said. I didn’t say people shouldn’t be covered, but that their employer should do it instead of society. If people work hard & long, the employer should at least give a minimum to eat, shelter and healthcare: Basic fairness, not what market says. Walmart does none of that, leaving society w/ the bill, a society that is bankrupt, ironically while trying to lure business w/ tax cuts/driven out of business by a monopoly like Walmart exploiting the selfish individual drive of people to bankrupt their community indirectly as they save 50c on a vacuum. This is a situation of slavery of society to business. Yes individually people like to save money (aka “they love walmart”) especially when poor & feel like suckers if they boycott Walmart alone (since they’re not sure others will, hence perpetuating the hole for a society asked to vote individually with dollars, (market rule) rather than organize and vote collectively for what’s good for the community). When a community organizes & votes collectively it resists walmarts. Tax walmarts to fund investment in communities; that will go a long way to help than 50c individual saving. Misrepresenting/misunderstanding also what I said about the rich. They’re not “out to get us”, they’re out to increase their wealth – NO MATTER THE COST. This can appear like they are out to get us, as they pollute, pit states against each other for taxcuts, outsource jobs, speculate, monopolize
Allison November 10, 2012 at 04:16 AM
So depressing that my representative with mush for brains, who couldn't answer the "yes" and "no" questions in her debate; who voted against restoring funding for the disabled; who voted against voter i.d. and who takes money from special interests and is a schill for unions got re-elected. Tanzi, we'll be watching you like a hawk... trust me, you may have fooled your leftist friends in SK... but we'll be watching you like a hawk. P H O N Y.
Allison November 10, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Don't really know Sen. Hodgson but he seems like a decent, modern, clean politician. Pro-gay marriage and against higher taxes. Good combo.


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