Allan Fung said despite losing his bid for governor, he’s proud of the race he ran. Fung’s democratic rival Gina Raimondo won the race with just 40 percent of the vote. Fung said maybe it’s time for runoff elections.
"The moose was on the loose," is how Fung describes the 22 percent gleaned by Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey, referring to Healey’s days as the cool moose candidate. Fung’s main opponent, Gina Raimondo, is the second consecutive governor elected with less than 50 percent of the vote.
His campaign for mayor of Providence may be over. But Buddy Cianci says he’s still not satisfied with how the race was run. On his radio show this afternoon on WPRO, Cianci told listeners he plans to go forward with legal action against a group of opponents. He says they colluded against him illegally.
Gina Raimondo spent her first day as governor-elect meeting with constituents on Federal Hill. And she’s now focusing on transitioning into state’s highest office.
Raimondo won’t say who will be on her team as she moves forward, or who in the current administration will be let go. Though she said she hopes the Chafee administration will hold off on major staffing decisions, such as the education commissioner’s post, so that she can have a say once she assumes office in January.
Latinos in Rhode Island make up 8.6 percent of eligible voters in the state. And that is why the Ocean State is one of 12 where the share of eligible Latino voters is larger than the current polling margin between gubernatorial candidates, according to a report by Latino Decisions, a survey research organization specializing in voting behaviors among Latinos.
Despite two close races and a controversial vote on gambling in Newport, The Rhode Island Secretary of State is predicting only moderate voter turnout for today’s mid-term elections. But the hope is for better numbers than 2010.
That’s because this year has an extremely tight and potentially landmark governor’s race on the line. Latest polling numbers show Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung neck in neck. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says his office is hoping for about fifty percent of eligible voters to exercise their right.
On this Election Day voters will decide on many major statewide races including governor. Most municipalities also have local questions.
Barrington voters must contend with a three-page local ballot, and forty local questions. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis is encouraging Barrington voters, and voters statewide, to look at their ballots before they step into the voting booths.
With just one full day left to campaign before Election Day, Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung hosted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this morning at a rally at his Cranston headquarters. Meanwhile, former president Bill Clinton is backing Democrat Gina Raimondo in a recorded message.
The winner of the Providence mayor’s race all comes down to who wins which neighborhoods.
Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has followed Providence politics for more than 25 years. Here’s his take on which wards Independent Buddy Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza have to win to become the next mayor of Providence.