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Sen. Gary Peters wins in Michigan, NBC News projects
Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters defeats Republican John James in Michigan Senate race, NBC News projects.
Rebuffing Republican efforts to take a seat from Democrats in the Senate, incumber Sen. Gary Peters has fended off Republican challenger John James, NBC News projects.
A first-term senator, Peters faced a stronger challenge from James than was expected.
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Rhode Island voters drop ‘Providence Plantations’ from state name
Voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that strips part of what has long been the state’s official name — “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the amendment dropping “Providence Plantations” passed with 52.9 percent of the vote, according to unofficial state results.
The name dates to the 17th century, when the Puritan minister Roger Williams founded plantations on the Providence River that later became the colony — and then the state — of Rhode Island.
An online petition this year pointed to the state’s history as a slave-trading hub and argued that its name “holds the memory of an economic foundation built on slavery, and only keeps us connected to a shameful past.”
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