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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

UPDATED: Democrats pick their slate for November's General Election

Now we have to keep the blue tide rolling!

By Will Collette

At this writing, all the statewide races have been called except for Governor, where incumbent Dan McKee is holding on to a slim lead over Helena Foulkes whose late surge took her past my personal choice Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. GoLocal called it for McKee with his lead at 2,600. I hope they're wrong.

UPDATE: Well, they were right. McKee did squeeze out a win over Foulkes and Gorbea.

We also have a Democratic nominee for Senate District 38, the open seat created by Dennis Algiere's retirement. Victoria Gu of Charlestown won by a landslide - the final number will be around 66% - swamping Westerly Town Council President Sharon Ahern by at least 35%. RI Political Coop candidate Micheal Niemeyer only managed 6.4% or roughly what the Co-op guru Matt Brown managed in the Governor's race. 

As expected, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner won the primary, outpolling all of his five opponents combined.

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Sabrina Matos easily beat her two opponents, Deb Ruggiero and Cynthia Mendes. Mendes is Matt Brown's running mate. Her 3rd place 20% was more than double what Matt Brown tallied.

My favorite for General Treasurer former Central Falls mayor James Diossa handily beat stuffed shirt carpetbagger Stephan Pryor beating him by 11% at this point in the tally.

Veteran legislator and East Providence school teacher Greg Amore easily beat newcomer Stephenie Beaute by 2 to 1. Attorney General Peter Neronha had no primary opponent.

Around the state, none of the more prominent challenges to incumbent Senators or Representatives appear to have succeeded. Some prominent DINOs faced challengers from Matt Brown's RI Political Coop and a few leftwing incumbents, e.g. Sen. Sam Bell, faced opponents from the right. For the most part, voters stuck with the incumbents.

In November, the marquee races are Congress District 2 and the matchoff between Seth Magaziner and MAGA candidate Allan Fung. The ultimate winner of the primary for Governor will face MAGAnut Ashley Kalus who may or may not be legally registered to vote in RI.