Mayor races sharpen as primary results finally are released


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The races for mayors of four of Rhode Island’s largest cities came into sharper view as officials finally released results from Tuesday’s primary.

Winners of runoffs for the top jobs in Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket and Warwick became clear on Thursday.

A record number of voters had cast mail ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic, and officials said earlier this week they’d need extra time to count them all.

A key mayoral race was in Cranston, where longtime GOP mayor Allan Fung was term-limited.

Democrat Maria Bucci won her primary and will face Republican Kenneth Hopkins in November.