Dems hold Portsmouth; PCC fails to garner mandate

The true majority has spoken, and Portsmouth made a balanced decision yesterday, keeping a Democratic majority and adding one Republican each to the School Committee and Town Council. In a race that was run largely on the Tent Meeting ("We won't walk out on you" was the Republicans' campaign slogan) this clearly sends a message. "Reality-based" trumps ideology.

Unofficial results (with all precincts and mail ballots now counted) put the Council at 5 Dem 2 Republican and 1 Independent. The School Committee picked up 1 new R, but in a significant message, Richard Carpender, chair of the Finance subcommittee and visible face of the budget process, was returned to office.

Visit the RI Board of Elections for the details.

Oh, and the Democrats took the House, and maybe the Senate.

It sucks to be Chafee. I genuinely feel sorry about that.