First-time candidate Raimondo cruises

Paul Edward Parker
The Providence Journal
Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island voters on Tuesday chose a 39-year-old venture capitalist as their next general treasurer.

Democrat Gina M. Raimondo, of Providence, captured 62 percent of the vote, a strong showing by the first-time candidate who raised about $1 million for her run. She led all statewide candidates in the percentage of the vote she garnered.

Raimondo defeated Republican Kernan F. “Kerry” King, of Narragansett, a 66-year-old retired insurance company executive who had served as Governor Carcieri’s official lawyer.

“I’m incredibly excited,” Raimondo said Tuesday night after her win became clear. “I’m ready to get going.”

She said her message resonated with voters. “I’m a professional, not a politician.”

Raimondo, a high school valedictorian, Ivy league graduate and Rhodes scholar whose mother scrimped and saved to put her children through college after their father’s factory job was eliminated, won over the electorate with youth, intellect and her gender, according to dozens of voters interviewed as they left the polls Tuesday. They also credited her ideas to use the treasurer’s office in innovative ways to help Rhode Islanders.

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