On Politics
5:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Independent candidate Abel Collins rejects possible spoiler roll in CD2

Abel Collins, the independent candidate vying with Democrat Jim Langevin and Republican Michael Riley in the second congressional district, says it’s unlikely he could tip the race toward either of his opponents.

David Vogel, the independent in CD1, may be a factor in the close race between David Cicilline and Brendan Doherty. A Brown University poll released yesterday showed Vogel with almost seven percent of the support in the race, an amount roughly equal to the undecided vote. 

But During a taping of an interview set to air on RIPR at 6:40 and 8:40 am Friday, Collins predicted that Riley’s support in CD2 will top out at about 30 percent.

Collins, the only pro-abortion rights candidate in the three-way election, faces an uphill battle because of the vastly bigger war chests controlled by Langevin and Riley.

A few other highlights from our interview with Collins and his turn on Political Roundtable (airing at 5:40 and 7:40 am Friday):

– Collins favors a WPA-style program, focusing on agriculture, transportation and renewable energy, to bolster Rhode Island’s economy.

– The independent estimates his campaign is reaching between 30,000 and 150,000 people per week through social media and other forms of outreach.

– Collins says his motivation in running stems from a sense that Democrats and Republicans aren’t getting the job done in Washington.

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