Daily Archives: September 5, 2010

Rhode Island Governor: Democrats Move to the Right by Gregory Hilton

The top two candidates for Governor are former Republican U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee who is running as an Independent, and Democratic nominee Frank Caprio. He is the state Treasurer and has recently moved ahead in the polls. The GOP candidate is in third place.


Rhode Island and Hawaii both claim to be the most Democratic states in the nation. The party enjoys a 4 to 1 voter registration advantage and they have veto proof majorities in both houses of the Rhode Island legislature. John McCain received 35% of the Rhode Island vote in 2008, while George W. Bush claimed 32% in 2000 and 39% in 2004. Nevertheless, Rhode Island has elected Republican Governors for the past 16 years. This GOP streak may come to an end this year because the Democratic gubernatorial nominee is trying to steal the GOP platform.
Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) has a low approval rating and is not running again because of term limits. In the three way race to succeed him, State Treasurer Frank Caprio (D) has recently moved ahead and now has a small lead. Caprio faces former U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee who is running as an Independent, and a Republican candidate who will be selected in the September 14th primary. Continue reading