PROVIDENCE — The race for governor in Rhode Island is getting off to an unexpectedly early and bumpy start following Lincoln Chafee’s abrupt announcement this week that he will not seek another term.
Two prominent Democrats — Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo — are considering running for the state’s highest office and are expected to announce their intentions by the end of the year.
Those two had been expected to square off with Chafee in an unusually crowded and contentious Democratic Primary — until Chafee announced Wednesday that he will not run for reelection.
Chafee’s exit from the race opens opportunities for both Taveras and Raimondo. Taveras was expected to compete with Chafee for the votes of progressive Democrats and union members. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.