PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Democratic party's formally endorsed candidates swept Rhode Island's major primaries as the smallest state's majority party quickly took aim at the Reagan administration for the fall campaign.
In the only statewide race Tuesday, former Attorney General Julius C. Michaelson handily won the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, formalizing his Nov. 2 clash with Republican incumbent John H. Chafee.
'I'm hopeful that Senator Chafee will come out of hiding and debate with me on the important issues facing the state of Rhode Island,' Michaelson said after his 43,000-vote win over Helen Flynn of Middletown, a mother of nine and leader in the state's anti-abortion movement.
Three-term Democratic Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy and Republican Vincent Marzullo had no primary opposition in the governor's race.
State Rep. James V. Aukerman of South Kingstown, handily defeated two rivals for the Democratic nomination to run against 2nd District Rep. Claudine Schneider, R-R.I.
In Providence, endorsed candidate Francis J. Darigan Jr. easily won the Democratic nomination in his third consecutive run for mayor. He amassed more than half of the votes in a four-way race which included former U.S. Rep. Edward P. Beard.