McKee wins Democratic primary nomination in dead heat race for governor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Incumbent Dan McKee won the Democratic primary nomination for Rhode Island governor in a dead heat race Tuesday, as he seeks his first full term in office.

Former CVS Health executive Helena Foulkes trailed closely behind, with just over 33,000 votes.

During her concession speech Tuesday night, Foulkes said she tried to call the governor but he hung up.

Democratic nominee Nellie Gorbea also conceded, taking to Twitter to congratulate McKee on his win.

McKee will now face off against Republican Ashley Kalus, a business owner and political novice, in November’s general election.

He took office in March 2021 for Gov. Gina Raimondo, who was tapped as U.S. commerce secretary.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

 

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