After one of New England’s craziest campaigns, Rhode Island Democratic governor Gina Raimondo will coast to reelection, winning a second term.
The Associated Press has called the six-way race for Raimondo, who has 53 percent of the vote with about half of the state’s precincts reporting. GOP nominee Allan Fung was a distant second with 37 percent of the vote, and independent Joe Trillo trailed with about 4.5 percent.
The campaign saw its share of weirdness, with one minor candidate arrested in October with 48-pounds of pot, and Trillo, a former Republican state representative, being forced to deal with revelations that he was charged 43 years ago with hitting a neighborhood kid with a caulking gun. That kid was Nicholas Mattiello, now the sitting speaker of the RI House. (Trillo was found not guilty).
Four years ago, Raimondo defeated Fung, the mayor of Cranston, 41 percent to 36 percent.
She campaigned this year on Rhode Island’s improving economy and on her administration’s investments in infrastructure and job training.