Rhode Island’s Democratic governor Gina Raimondo fended off a spirited primary challenge from Matt Brown, a former secretary of state who positioned himself to Raimondo’s left, in a test of establishment resilience against a progressive insurgency.
But Raimondo’s victory reinforced another trend this primary season: the strength of Democratic women running for office.
Raimondo, a former venture capital executive who became the state’s first female governor in 2014, is the 16th woman to be nominated by a major party for governor so far this cycle. Her win comes a day after Molly Kelly defeated a progressive opponent in the Democratic primary for governor in New Hampshire.
In November, she will face Cranston mayor Allan Fung, who was her Republican opponent four years ago when she was elected to her first term as governor.
Rhode Island is the second to last state to hold primaries before the midterm elections this November. New York will vote on Thursday in a highly anticipated gubernatorial showdown between Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo and actor turned progressive activist Cynthia Nixon