2018-09-13 / Front Page

Raimondo, Fung will face off in November

Incumbents sweep primary

Incumbent Democrat Gina Raimondo is facing a gubernatorial rematch against Republican Allan Fung, the mayor of Cranston, after both candidates cruised to victory during Wednesday’s primary. 

Raimondo received 57 percent of the vote statewide, compared to 34 percent for Matt Brown and 9 percent for Spencer Dickinson. There were 116,909 voters who cast their ballots in that Democratic contest. On the GOP side, Fung received 56 percent of the vote against Patricia Morgan, the state’s minority leader in the House. Nearly 33,000 Rhode Islanders cast ballots in that Republican race. 

The Republican margin was closer in town. Morgan lost by just 10 votes from the 304 Republican voters. On the Democratic side, however, Raimondo coasted with 66 percent of the 1,137 ballots in her favor. 

The closest race statewide was for lieutenant governor. Incumbent Democrat Daniel McKee won with 51 percent of the votes, edging Aaron Regunberg by 2,370 votes out of 112,592 ballots cast. Local Democrats, however, disagreed with that choice. Of the 1,092 local votes, Regunberg won Jamestown with 58 percent. The town committee endorsed the challenger in July. Anne Livingston, chairwoman of that panel, said then that the committee was “not particularly impressed with the incumbent.” 

In Congress, the incumbent Democrats, David Cicilline and Sheldon Whitehouse, both won with more than 80 percent of the vote. They will be challenged on the GOP side by Bob Flanders and Patrick Donovan, respectively. 

Jamestowner Peter Neronha received 91,147 while running unopposed for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

The two town residents seeking to represent the 74th Assembly District — incumbent Democrat Deb Ruggiero and GOP challenger Rebecca Schiff — also won unopposed races to set up a rematch of their 2016 contest.

Ruggiero received 1,474 votes while Schiff garnered 495.

Statewide results

Town results 


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