A recount has confirmed that Rhode Island Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is still winning the race to keep his legislative seat over Republican challenger Steven Frias.
The state Board of Elections recounted ballots in the tight race on Monday. Results won't be certified until next week.
Mattiello says he's pleased with the results and ready to begin working on his priorities, such as phasing out car taxes. Democratic lawmakers have already unanimously nominated him to be speaker again when lawmakers convene in January.
Frias had requested a recount after the unofficial tally showed him losing by 74 votes to Mattiello. The recount actually widened Mattiello's winning margin to 85 votes.
Frias has also asked the elections board to investigate alleged mail ballot irregularities in the suburban Cranston race.