President Obama may not as popular as he once was, according to the latest public opinion polls. Yet if you were on the Rhode Island College campus his afternoon, you wouldn’t hold that view.
By 3:30 p.m., more than 500 students and many others who appeared much older than the traditional college-age students, were lined up to get tickets for Obama’s speech at 3 p.m. on Thursday. RIC political science professor Kay Israel said that interest has been high among students and faculty for the presidential visit.
A new poll in the governor’s race comes out Tuesday from The Providence Journal and WPRI. It’s the second poll in the governor’s race since the primary. It comes with just three weeks remaining before the general election.
The first poll came out in late September, and showed Democratic state treasurer Gina Raimondo with a slight lead over Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.
Election Day is three weeks from Tuesday, and some big names in politics will visit Rhode Island in the final stretch. Thursday will be a big day with President Barak Obama coming to talk about the economy. There’s no word on whether he will stump for democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo. Also in the state on Thursday, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will campaign for Raimondo’s rival Republican Allan Fung. Romney endorsed Fung in the primary, and Fung says he’s thankful for Romney’s support.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said Friday the RGA will do everything it can help to help Allan Fung beat Democrat Gina Raimondo in the November 4 election.
Providence Republican mayoral candidate Daniel Harrop joins Political Roundtable to talk about his campaign; the outlook for Jorge Elorza and Buddy Cianci; the intensifying battle between Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung; and the state Board of Elections' decision in favor of the RI Democratic Party.
Hillary Clinton plans to campaign in Rhode Island for Gina Raimondo on October 24, according to Politico.
There was no immediate comment on the report from Raimondo's campaign Thursday night.
Hillary Clinton won Rhode Island's 2008 presidential primary, handily beating Barack Obama, and former president Bill Clinton campaigned here earlier this year for Democratic treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner.
With just under four weeks until Election Day, sparks are flying between the campaigns of Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung as the candidates wage an all-out fight to become Rhode Island's next governor.
In the latest of a series of skirmishes, the pro-Raimondo American LeadHERship PAC started by Kate Coyne-McCoy is set to start airing Thursday a commercial criticizing Fung, in part as a tax-raising pol.