Ballotpedia report for Tonight: Smallest state has big primaries

Here are two races we are watching in Rhode Island’s primary contests.

Image result for rhode islandIncumbent RI Gov. Raimondo faces progressive primary challenge

  • Incumbent Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) faces a primary challenge from the left in her re-election bid. Former Secretary of State Matt Brown is backed by progressive groups such as Our Revolution RI and Justice Democrats, while Raimondo has been endorsed by several local unions and Democratic committees. Raimondo has campaigned on economic improvements in the state during her tenure. Brown has criticized her approach to bringing businesses to the state such as providing tax credits, and he calls for raising taxes on large corporations.

Rhode Island state legislative Democratic primaries

  • The state Democratic Party or a local Democratic committee endorsed challengers over state Sen. Jeanne Calkin and state Reps. Moira Walsh, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, and Ramon Perez. The state party also backed former state Sen. Gregory Acciardo over Bridget Valverde in an open Senate primary (the state party later withdrew its endorsements of Acciardo and Michael Earnhart, who is challenging Walsh). Calkin, Walsh, Ranglin-Vassell, and Valverde all support abortion access while other Rhode Island Democrats, including House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello oppose access to legalized abortion.

Rhode Island is holding its statewide primary election today. We are covering elections for one U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats, five state executive positions including governor and lieutenant governor, all 38 state senate seats, and all 75 state house seats. The primary winners will advance to the general election that will be held on November 6, 2018. Polls will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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