The Republicans put forth an impressive effort in Rhode Island, according to The Washington Post. Would seem to bode well for them in November.
As someone who grew up in Rhode Island (with a lot of family still there), I think there is no way in hell that Laffey was going to win there. As much as Chafee triggers my gag reflex, there is something to be said for making the strategic choice in this situation. Retaining the majority in the current unstable, insecure atmosphere of terror and war is important.
Unless Chafee wins and then fails to vote for the GOP caucus nominee for Majority Leader. Then you can throw what I wrote above out the window.