POLITICAL NOTES: Rhode Island Republican

Victorious in three campaigns for governor of Rhode Island, Democrat Dennis J. Roberts faced a new kind of threat last fall. Republican Challenger Christopher Del Sesto could entice heavily Italian-American Rhode Island with an Italian name. He was also a well-known, friendly ex-Democrat who had gagged ten years ago on Democratic bureaucracy. Last week, completing a count of absentee and shut-in ballots that has dragged on since Nov. 20, weary election supervisors finally confirmed Denny Roberts' fears. Winning by a slim 427 votes out of almost 390,000 cast, stocky, greying Chris Del Sesto, 49, was...

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