Gina Raimondo LAW ’98, who was elected to the Yale Corporation by alumni this summer, won Rhode Island’s democratic gubernatorial nomination Tuesday.
Raimondo, who is the state’s treasurer, won with a plurality and just over 42 percent of the vote. Raimondo faced Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and attorney Clay Pell.
“Tonight, Rhode Island showed it is ready for a governor who is going to turn this economy around,” Raimondo said. “And I will be the governor that gets Rhode Island back to work.”
The victory came about despite how public-sector organized labor in the state primarily threw its weight behind Taveras and Pell. Raimondo was criticized for playing a role in legislation that reformed pension systems in the state. Her win on Tuesday comes barely a year after she took office as treasurer.
Raimondo will now face Republican Alan Fung in the race to succeed retiring Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a democrat. Rhode Island is considered a heavily democratic state.
This year’s democratic primary was the most expensive in the state’s history, with spending topping $12 million.