Democratic governor faces tough re-election in Rhode Island

Published 08-16-2018

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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's governor is facing a tough re-election fight in a year that's supposed to be a good one for Democrats and women.

Gov. Gina Raimondo has raised $7 million, seven times her closest rival. But she's facing a spirited challenge from the left in the Sept. 12 primary.

Raimondo has been highlighting the improving economy and a free college tuition program. Even so, many voters say they're disappointed in her close corporate ties.

Raimondo's approval ratings remain tepid. It's a stark difference from 2014, when many saw her as a figure to watch nationally.

She's been criticized for failures of leadership as governor, including her 2016 decision to launch a computer system for state benefits such as food stamps, despite warnings from federal officials that it wasn't ready.

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