The 2018 Rhode Island primary results for governor headline the day’s political events as 2018 primary season winds down in the United States.
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2018 Rhode Island Primary Results: Rhode Island Governor
2018 Rhode Island Primary Results: Republican Gubernatorial Primary
Republicans picked their challenger to incumbent Gov. Gina Raimondo (D), and it’s the same as the old challenger.
Allan Fung will represent the Republican Party in November’s general election, defeating Patricia Morgan and Giovanni Feroce.
With all the votes counted, Allan Fung received almost 57 percent of the vote to Patricia Morgan’s 40 percent. Feroce finished in a distant third with around three and a half percent of the vote.
Fung, the mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island’s second-largest city, ran for governor in 2014. He lost to Gina Raimondo by 4.5 percent of the vote in a three-way race featuring a Moderate Party candidate who drew over 20 percent. He is considered by some to be the GOP’s top draw in this field and one who can give Raimondo a strong run. He faces, however, a much more Democratic sentiment in 2018 than was present in 2014. Nevertheless, this election manifests what could be a rare opportunity for a Republican gain this year.
Morgan is the minority leader of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, a chamber in which Republicans only hold 11 of 75 seats. She represents District 26 which includes parts of West Warwick and Coventry.
Feroce was briefly a state senator early in the 1990s, but his more notable recent role was CEO of Alex and Ani from 2010 to 2014.
Mayor Fung handily won his home county, Providence, while Morgan lost hers, Kent. The only county not carried by Fung was Washington, which includes Westerly, Narragansett, and Kingston.
2018 Rhode Island Primary Results: Democratic Gubernatorial Primary
Despite facing a stiff contest from her left, Rhode Island’s governor will move on to the general election.
Gov. Gina Raimondo won the Democratic nomination over Matt Brown and Spencer Dickinson. On full results, Raimondo won big, taking 57 percent to Brown’s 34 and Dickinson’s nine.
Gina Raimondo was first elected to the governorship in 2014 after having served as state general treasurer for one term. She became Rhode Island’s first female governor on January 6, 2015, succeeding fellow Democrat Lincoln Chafee.
Matt Brown was Secretary of State between 2003 and 2007. He was just 32 when elected to the post, serving a single term in office. He left office as he announced a Senate run in 2006, but gave way to eventual winner Sheldon Whitehouse. Brown is involved with Global Zero, an anti-nuclear weapon non-profit, as one of its co-founders. The forces of the Democratic left rallied around Brown in this run, including Gloria Steinem, ex-NARAL president Kate Michelman, and the Justice Democrats, an organization which includes some former Bernie Sanders 2016 key people.
Dickinson was twice a Rhode Island state representative for Kingston and surrounding areas. He also served on the Conservation Commission in South Kingstown.
2018 Rhode Island Primary Results: US Senate
2018 Rhode Island Primary Results: US Senate Democratic Primary
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) faced little opposition on his road to re-election, seeking a third term in office.
The incumbent senator drew 77 percent over his challenger, Pat Fontes; she ran on a progressive, anti-war platform. Fontes was not able to overcome the incumbent’s advantage in taking just 23 of the vote.
Whitehouse will be a strong favorite for re-election.
2018 Rhode Island Primary Results: US Senate Republican Primary
On the Republican side, the nominee to face Whitehouse will be Bob Flanders. Most notably, Flanders was a state Supreme Court associate justice for eight years. He resigned from the court in 2004 to move into private practice at Hinckley Allen & Snyder.
Sadly for Rocky de la Fuente, he has lost yet another Republican primary for US Senate. Flanders claimed 88 of the vote and swept all counties in Rhode Island.
2018 Rhode Island Primary Results: US House Races
In the Rhode Island 1st Congressional District, Rep. David Cicilline (D) beat back a primary challenge in a landslide. His opponent was Christopher Young, whom he defeated with 78 percent of the vote.
Cicilline draws Patrick Donovan (R) in the general election. In case you didn’t think a candidate in 2018 could win an election without a campaign website, we found your man. Donovan defeated Fred Wysocki by a margin of 78 percent to 22 percent.
Nothing doing in the Rhode Island 2nd Congressional District as both major party candidates ran unopposed. The Democrats have incumbent Rep. Jim Langevin running while the Republican nominee is Sal Caiozzo.
2018 Rhode Island Primary Results: Other Notable Results
Providence’s mayor, Jorge Elorza (D), easily won renomination in Wednesday’s election. He took well over half the vote in the city, with his next closest challenger Kobi Dennis.
Meanwhile, Paul Jabour, a Democratic state senator first elected in 2006, will be leaving the Rhode Island General Assembly. He lost his 5th Senate District primary to progressive challenger Sam Bell. The 5th Distict is based in Providence and includes the famous Federal Hill area around Atwells Avenue.