PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s Democratic House Majority Leader John DeSimone is losing his seat in the General Assembly.
Friday’s recount of ballots cast in the Providence district he’s represented for 24 years confirmed that he lost Tuesday’s Democratic primary to challenger Marcia (mahr-SEE’-ah) Ranglin-Vassell. The state elections board has now certified the results.
The recount actually widened the margin of his defeat by four votes, to 21.
DeSimone had asked for the recount after election-night results showed him losing by 17 votes to the Providence teacher.
Ranglin-Vassell faces Republican Roland Lavallee in November.
Another losing incumbent, Providence Democratic Rep. Thomas Palangio, also sought a recount. The elections board has reviewed the electronic voting machine results of his and other close legislative races but found no discrepancies that would change the outcome.