WASHINGTON — Democrat Gina Raimondo has won the governor race in Rhode Island.
Raimondo, the general treasurer, and Republican Allan Fung, the mayor of Cranston, had been locked in a heated race, with Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey running a distant third.
Raimondo, who has spent more than $6 million in her bid for governor, had been considered the front-runner, though the last poll had her running about even with Fung. Her 2011 overhaul of the state’s public pension system has angered some union members and retirees, and some unions are sitting out the race rather than endorse her.
Despite Democrats’ voter registration edge and the party’s lock on the General Assembly, Rhode Island hasn’t elected a Democratic governor in more than 20 years. Incumbent Gov. Lincoln Chafee became a Democrat last year but ran as an independent in 2010.