RHODE ISLAND
     Nov. 6, 2018 Governor

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+Gina Raimondo (D) i
198,122
52.64%
Allan Fung (R)
139,932
37.18%
Joseph Trillo (I)
16,532
4.39%
William Gilbert (Mod.)
10,155
2.70%
Luis-Daniel Muñoz (I)
6,223
1.65%
Anne Armstrong (Com.)
4,191
1.11%
w/in
1,246
0.33%

376,401

Plurality 58,190 votes (15.46 percentage points).
  RI Board of Elections




Notes
:   In a rematch Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) won a second term, defeating Cranston Mayor Allan Fung (R), as well as businessman Joe Trillo (I), and Bill Gilbert (Mod.).  Also on the ballot were
tech entrepreneur Luis-Daniel Muñoz (I) and Anne Armstrong, described as "leader of a Christian sect that uses marijuana," running under the banner of the Compassion Party. 

Raimondo previously served as general treasurer of Rhode Island, elected in 2010, and co-founded a venture capital firm Point Judith Capital.  
Fung, first elected Mayor in 2008, was also the Republican nominee in 2014.  In addition to his varied business interests, Trillo served as a Republican state representative from Warwidk from 2001-17.  Gilbert is chair of the Moderate Party and  works as a production manager. 

In the Sept. 12 primaries, Raimondo fended off a progressive challenge from former Secretary of State Matt Brown by 57.2% to 33.5% and 9.3% for Spencer Dickinson.  Fung defeated state Rep. Patricia Morgan by 56.4% to 40.1% and 3.5% for former state Sen. Giovanni Feroce.


There were three general election debates; Raimondo, Fung and Trillo debated at Roger Williams University in Bristol on WPRI-TV on Sept. 27 (1, 2); while the four candidates debated at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston hosted by The Public's Radio and The Providence Journal on Oct. 15 (+); and at Rhode Island College in Providence and WJAR News 10 on Nov. 1 (+).
 

Fung, trailing in polls, charged that Trillo and Raimondo were "in cahoots" to undercut his chances.
 

The National Institute on Money in Politics reported that the Raimondo campaign raised $5.7 million (+).  Among the outside groups involved in the race were the Democratic Governors Association, which made a $1 million donation to the independent expenditure Alliance for a Better Rhode Island in July 2018.  The Republican Governors Association weighed in through Rhode Island Forward.  WPRI reported an investment at $950,000, down from a planned $1.5 million.


See also:
Todd Nesi.  "Pro-Fung group begins canceling TV ad buys in RI."  WPRI, Oct. 19, 2018.



Campaign Managers:
Gina Raimondo:  Jonathan Blair
(reported Nov. 2017)  Campaign manager on Gov. Dannel Malloy's 2014 re-election campaign in Connecticut.  Campaign manager on Robin Kelly's win in the April 2013 special election for Congress in IL-2.  


Allan Fung:  Andrew Vargas Vila
(Oct. 2017)  Florida state director for Generation Opportunity from May 2015.  Regional political coordinator at the RNC, May 2013-April 2015.  Event coordinator for the Republican Party of Florida, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Political director at Front Line Strategies, Inc. (Tallahassee), Oct. 2011-Aug. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from Florida State University, 2010.
 


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