RI-Governor: Lincoln Chafee Is Poll Rich, Cash Poor
To the extent that developments in the Rhode Island governor's race generate buzz, a poll showing independent Lincoln Chafee leading Democratic and Republican competition ...
To the extent that developments in the Rhode Island governor's race generate buzz, a poll showing independent Lincoln Chafee leading Democratic and Republican competition is generating buzz.
With State Treasurer Frank Caprio as the Democratic nominee, the Chafee-funded poll showed the former U.S. senator with a two-point edge. With Attorney General Patrick Lynch as the Democratic nominee, his advantage ballooned to 13 points.
But, there's a reason to doubt whether Chafee truly is the frontrunner: money. From the Providence Journal:
But he still trails Caprio and Lynch by wide margins in dollars in his campaign account, having added $120,210 in the three months that ended on Sept. 30. That included a new $50,000 personal loan. Lynch raised $112,653 during the same period. Caprio raised $200,127, but only netted $135,377 after returning $64,750 amid Journal inquiries about campaign dollars he received from people aligned with out-of-state firms that had sought, and in some cases won, work from his office. At the end of the quarter, Chafee had $200,122 left, Lynch, $562,167 and Caprio, $1.504 million.
Independents, of course, miss out on party-supported fundraising infrastructure. What's more, one of the lessons out of the New York-23 congressional race is that in the current political climate moderates will struggle to raise money (hence Dede Scozzafava's fundraising problems). As an independent and a moderate, Chafee seems destined to be outspent by the Democratic nominee.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Judge Blocks Election Day Voter Registration at Illinois Polls15 hours ago
Across U.S., Police Abuse Confidential Databases15 hours ago
U.S. House Strikes Deal on Flint Aid15 hours ago
Testimony Claims Christie Learned of Bridge Closures at 9/11 Event -- and Laughed15 hours ago
Investment Managers Worth Trillions Call on North Carolina to Repeal Transgender Bathroom Law15 hours ago
For Social Workers in Kentucky, Talking to Reporters Could Get Them Fired16 hours ago