NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — About half the 113 seats in Rhode Island's overwhelmingly Democratic General Assembly will feature just one candidate on the November ballot, in large part because Republicans didn't find anyone to run.
Thirty-seven of the 75 House seats will have one general election candidate. Candidates for the Senate will run unopposed in 20 of 38 districts.
State GOP Chairman Mark Smiley called it unfortunate that more people didn't come forward but said the party is fielding candidates in the most competitive races.
He blamed the lack of challengers in part on the master lever, which allows voters to select all the candidates from one party with a single ballot mark. It's overwhelmingly used to vote for Democrats. It's being eliminated in 2015.