September 15, 2010

Handful of R.I. Assembly incumbents go down to defeat in primary

01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 (excerpt)

By Cynthia Needham 

Voters hungry for change appeared to have toppled at least 1 state senator and 9 incumbents in the House of Representatives from across the state in Tuesday’s primary, paving the way for newcomers to win November’s general election.
In what may have been the biggest surprise of the night, House Judiciary Committee Chairman David N. Caprio, brother of gubernatorial candidate Frank T. Caprio, lost his reelection bid to Democratic challenger Teresa A. Tanzi, whose campaign focused in part on sustainable public transportation and green energy. Caprio’s defeat came despite a last-minute infusion of election-day volunteers on loan from his older brother.
It is unclear what the younger Caprio’s loss might say about his Frank Caprio’s prospects in November. His campaign shrugged off the defeat, saying they did not expect it to affect their race.
Tanzi now faces Republican Timothy Burchett in November.