RI gov candidates make final joint appearance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Candidates for Rhode Island governor came together for a final time before Tuesday’s primary in hopes of gaining votes in the close races between the Democrats and Republicans.

Democratic candidates Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras, Clay Pell and Todd Giroux were joined by Republicans Allan Fung and Ken Block at Rhode Island College on Thursday night.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras believes it will be a very tight race.

“I think it’s going to be close, which excites me given that I’ve been outspent by more than 2-to-1. Yet we are in a very tight race. So I feel good,” he said.

The GOP candidates attacked the looming question regarding voter turnout.

“We’ve done it through numerous campaigns – granted this is my first statewide run – but the principles are the same. We’ve got a ground game with a lot of volunteers, so we’re prepared for Tuesday and we’re shifting into high gear now.,” Fung said.

“It’s always a little scary going into a Republican primary, because of the small number of voters. If 2,000 extra voters decide to come in, that could be 10 percent of the vote total,” said Block.

Raimondo left Thursday’s session quickly, as did Clay Pell. Pell sent a statement to Eyewitness News indicating he’s launching a 39 city and town tour on Friday as he makes a final appeal. Pell says his ‘strong, grassroots field effort will lead to victory on Tuesday.’

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