Burrillville Republicans may be on track for election wins


BURRILLVILLE – With ballots from Election Day polling locations counted, Burrillville Republicans appeared on track for election wins Tuesday night, with several showing leads that could prove difficult to overcome for their Democratic opponents.

As of 11:58 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, state Board of Elections results showed Sen. Jessica de la Cruz with a decisive lead over Democratic challenger Paul Roselli, with 6,371 votes statewide to his 1,978.

But early in-person votes, which the Board of Elections began releasing from many municipalities across the state after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, had not been released for Burrillville by midnight.

State data shows that in Burrillville, between early and mail-in ballots, some 4,830 votes still remained uncounted.

The Town Council race also shows Republicans leading the way in Election Day voting, with newcomer Justin Batalon at the head of the pack of six candidates competing for three open seats with 1,753 votes.

Two-term Councilor Raymond Trinque, followed 20 votes behind, with 1,733 votes, and a third Republican, newcomer Michael Puyana, was leading over incumbent Councilor Jeremy Bailey by roughly 200 votes with 1,247.

Challengers Mary Gauvin and Matthew Zanni, meanwhile, both Democrats, had secured 636 and 631 Election Day votes respectively.

“There’s a lot of votes left to count but I think we’re poised to hold our leads when it gets to mail-ins,” said a hopeful Trinque Tuesday night.

An updated story on election results in Burrillville can be found here.

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