Voters favor challengers in State House contests


Look for new faces at the Rhode Island State House after voters favored challengers over incumbents in Tuesday’s statewide primary, a low-turnout contest that set up November’s general election.

Several sitting state lawmakers lost their bids for re-election, including Democratic Reps. Rene Menard, of Lincoln; Jon Brien, of Woonsocket; and Peter Petrarca and Michael Tarro, of Providence.

Joseph Almeida is set to regain the seat he lost to Leo Medina two years ago. Medina is facing felony charges, and Almeida beat him handily. There is no Republican in the race.

State Sen. Michael Pinga, of West Warwick, also lost his seat, according to unofficial numbers from the Associated Press.

In state Senate District 14, incumbent Daniel DaPonte survived a challenge by Roberto DaSilva.

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