RATINGS CHANGE: Governing Magazine Moves Rhode Island Governor’s Race From “Lean Democrat” To “Toss-Up”

With Cranston Mayor Allan Fung as the GOP gubernatorial nominee in Rhode Island, national political observers see his bid to unseat unpopular Democrat incumbent Gina Raimondo growing increasingly competitive.

Governing Magazine has moved its race rating for Rhode Island from “Lean Democratic” to “Toss-Up” in the traditionally blue state. This comes after both The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections shifted their race ratings for the Rhode Island gubernatorial election toward the GOP in recent weeks, downgrading Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo’s chances for re-election.

After nearly four years of scandal and failed leadership under Gina Raimondo, Allan Fung’s candidacy gives the GOP a strong opportunity to take back Rhode Island’s highest office, and national observers are taking notice.