Rhode Island Primary Recap

Governor Gina Raimondo (D) secured her party’s nomination after a nasty primary. She won 57% of the vote against Matt Brown (D). She is running on her record as governor touting the state’s economic growth, construction boom, and investments in higher education access and job training. Governor Raimondo will once again take on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung (R) in the general. Mayor Fung has pledged to lower sales tax to 5%, lower the business incorporation fee, and scale back occupation licensing and permitting rules. While Governor Raimondo (D) cannot boast about high approval ratings in an election year, she does hold a large campaign war chest and has defeated Mayor Fung statewide before. At present, most in state polls and media expect the Governor’s Mansion to remain in Democratic control.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (D) is term-limited making this race an open seat. Peter Neronha (D) did not have a challenger in the Democratic primary for attorney general. He will face only Alan Gordon (Compassion Party) in the general, as no Republican filed to run. Neronha (D) is expected to win in November.