Campaigns make final push as Rhode Islanders head to polls

    Polling place opened Wednesday for the Rhode Island primary election. (WJAR)

    Candidates across Rhode Island made last-ditch campaign efforts Tuesday night, hours before the polls open for the primary election.

    In Providence, state Rep. Aaron Regunburg and volunteers took to the phones and the streets to reach voters. Regunburg said he believes people will support his grassroots efforts in the race for lieutenant governor.

    "We're ready for a State House that works for everyone, and we're not going to accept one that's rigged for the few anymore," Regunburg told NBC 10 News.

    In East Providence, incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan McKee went door-to-door with other state and local officials running for office.

    "I believe the very best politics is bringing people together and that's what I've done to solve problems and that's what I've done for the last four years," McKee said. "That's what we're communicating with people right to the end.

    At a Stop and Shop supermarket in Warwick, Republican Patricia Morgan handed out fliers to shoppers.

    The House Minority Leader vows to cut government waste and fraud if elected governor.

    "There's tons of it up there in the State House and in our budget," Morgan told NBC 10 News. "We really need to squeeze it out of government so that we can leave more money in the wallets of everyday Rhode Islanders. They make it, they deserve to keep it."

    Former state Rep. Spencer Dickinson, seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, was outside Whole Foods Market in Providence promoting big construction projects like a new highway to Hartford.

    "Under my administration, we're not giving handouts to big companies to come here," said Dickinson. "We're not buying jobs."

    At St. Elizabeth's Place Senior Apartments in Providence, Gov. Gina Raimondo said voters risk people losing jobs if they don't vote for her.

    "When I started as governor, we had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country," Raimondo said. "We had no cranes, no building. Now people are working."

    Former Secretary of State Matt Brown, a Democrat, said he'll take a different approach if elected governor.

    "Let's make sure we have housing that people can afford," Brown said. "Let's have good infrastructure, let's have good governance and businesses are going to want to come here and grow here and stay here. Let's support our small businesses."

    Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, seeking the Republican nomination for governor, touted growth and jobs in his city. Volunteers were also reaching out to voters by phone.

    "For the past 10 years, we've been fixing our finances, doing the right things, growing our city and making it one of the best places to live in America," Fung said.

    NBC 10 also caught up with former Alex & Ani CEO Giovanni Feroce, who believes his military and businesses experience makes him the right guy to lead the state.

    "What I really want people to know, is I'm all about the future," said Feroce, a Republican candidate for governor. "I mean, if you're ready for leadership, a blockchain governor, then I'm your guy."

    Most polls in Rhode Island open at 7 a.m. Wednesday. They close at 8 p.m. Click here for a complete rundown.

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