Raimondo voted as Democratic nominee for Governor in Primary Election Results
In Tuesday's primary elections, the Rhode Islanders voted state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, the Democratic nominee, for governor. Now, she will be facing Tuesday's GOP winner, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, in November and if she wins the governorship then she will be the state's first female governor.
Her Tuesday win was a hard-fought expensive race against the mayor of Providence and a first-time candidate with one of the best-known political names in Rhode Island. She comfortably defeated Mayor Angel Taveras and Clay Pell, the grandson of the late U. S. Sen. Claiborne Pell and husband of Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan.
Throughout her campaign, Raimondo, 43, said that she will be the "jobs governor" and will work her best to turn around the state's sagging economy. She also highlighted her work of crafting the state's landmark pension law in 2011 so as to make people realize that she has worked on big issues and obtained substantial results.
An overexcited and energetic crowd of her supporters whistled, cheered and waved signs at The Met in Pawtucket. Raimondo addressed them and said, "That's what Rhode Island needs: a comeback. We're not going to cut our way out of this way, and we're not going to tax our way out of this mess. We are long past small changes and quick fixes. We can't keep tinkering around the edges".
The campaigning for this election was carried out during the whole of the summer and during this the candidates spent a combined total of more than $10 million. By the end of June, the race topped $12 million in campaign spending thereby making it one of the most expensive elections in the state's history.
Rhode Island has not elected a Democrat as governor since 1992. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who had won office as an independent and later switched to the Democratic Party, decided not to seek re-election.
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