Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo dispatched a Democratic primary challenger tonight, advancing to the general election in her hunt for a second term.
Raimondo beat back a challenge on her left by former Secretary of State Matt Brown, who was endorsed by some of the same liberal groups that backed other insurgent candidates across the country in this year’s primaries. The Associated Press called the race with 60 percent of precincts reporting, and Raimondo leading Brown, 56 percent to 34 percent.
The governor will face Cranston Mayor Allan Fung for the second consecutive election cycle. Fung won the Republican nomination over state Rep. Patricia Morgan, with The Associated Press calling the race with three-quarters of precincts reporting and Fung ahead 56 percent to 40 percent.
A poll in late July, conducted by an in-state firm for WPRI-TV and Roger Williams University showed Raimondo with just a 2-point lead over Fung, 39 percent to 37 percent.
Back in 2014, Raimondo, then the state treasurer, defeated Fung, 41 percent to 36 percent, with Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey garnering 21 percent of the vote.
A handful of third-party candidates have filed to run this year — most prominently, former GOP state Rep. Joe Trillo, who is running as an independent.