Sept. 12 primary results: Rhode Island

Voters in Rhode Island on Wednesday selected nominees for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, lieutenant governor and other officers in a rare Wednesday vote ahead of the November midterm election. About 145,000 people cast ballots, or nearly 20 percent of voters, according to the state Board of Elections.

Rhode Island

Gubernatorial primary results:

Incumbent Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo won her party’s nomination for a second term in Wednesday’s primary, earning 57.2 percent of the vote. Raimondo fended off a challenge from the left by former Secretary of State Matt Brown.

Incumbent Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo waves to supporters alongside her son, Thompson, at her primary night victory party, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

FILE: Incumbent Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo waves to supporters alongside her son, Thompson, at her primary night victory party.  (AP)

The Democratic nominee made the case for a second term by highlighting the state’s improving economy, including low unemployment, as well as new job training programs and free community college tuition during her tenure.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung earned the Republican nomination for another shot at the governor’s seat in November, earning 56.4 percent of the vote. During the race, Fung gave few interviews, held no press conferences and said little about his views. He agreed to a single debate on a small radio station.

GOP Primary – Allan Fung           Votes: 18,469          Vote Percentage: 56.4%

Dem Primary – Gina Raimondo    Votes: 66,648          Vote Percentage: 57.2%

Cranston, R.I., Mayor Allan Fung, center, celebrates victory over R.I. House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cranston, R.I. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FILE: Cranston, R.I., Mayor Allan Fung, center, celebrates victory over R.I. House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan in the Republican gubernatorial primary.  (AP)

U.S. Senate primary results:

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) easily secured the nomination with 76.8 percent of the vote. Whitehouse is a leading advocated in the Senate for combatting climate change. He has also been critical of President Donald Trump on a number of issues, including pushing to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Former Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Robert Flanders secured the GOP nomination with 87.7 percent of the vote. Flanders retired from the high court in 2004. 

GOP Primary – Robert Flanders           Votes: 26,262        Vote Percentage: 87.7%

Dem Primary – Sheldon Whitehouse     Votes: 88,145        Vote Percentage: 76.8%

Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Democrat Daniel McKee narrowly beat self-described progressive state lawmaker Aaron Regunberg, earning 51.1 percent of the vote. The position has few official duties, but office holders have used it as a way to advance certain issues on a statewide level.

McKee campaigned on his experience as the incumbent and a former six-term mayor.

GOP Primary – Paul Pence          Uncontested

Dem Primary – Daniel McKee      Votes: 57,343          Vote Percentage: 51.1%

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline easily secured a win in the Democratic primary with 78.0 percent of the vote. Cicilline, who is the former mayor of Providence, is seeking his fifth term in Congress. He represents the 1st Congressional District, covering the easternmost part of the state. Cicilline will face GOP nominee Patrick Donovan in November.

U.S. Rep. James Langevin and his Republican opponent Salvatore Caiozzo sailed through their primary bid unopposed. Langevin is seeking a 10th term to represent the 2nd Congressional District in western Rhode Island. Both candidates were uncontested. Caiozzo is a businessman who previously ran for the seat in 2016 as an independent, finishing last.

District 1: Dem Primary – David Cicilline            Votes: 47,206        Vote Percentage: 78.0%

                    GOP Primary – Patrick Donovan        Votes:  7,787        Vote Percentage: 78.4%

District 2: Dem Primary – Jim Langevin                  Uncontested  

                    GOP Primary – Salvatore Caiozzo          Uncontested

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.