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This week we’re looking at the three main candidates running for governor. Yesterday we went on the campaign trail with Democrat Gina Raimondo, today Rhode island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay catches up with the Moderate Party candidate, Bob Healey.

Tomorrow we profile the Republican running for governor, Allan Fung. You can find all of our election coverage at the Rhody Votes section of our website here.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Gina Raimondo has enjoyed a meteoric rise since winning office as Rhode Island’s general treasurer in 2010, and she could make history November 4 as the state’s first woman governor. Raimondo has received national media attention for spearheading the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system. Yet pension cuts have left some of the public employees who form a key part of the Democratic coalition angry at Raimondo.

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. We're getting down to the wire, with just more than 2 weeks until Rhode Island's Election Day 2014. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and I welcome you to follow me on the twitters. (TGIF items are briefer than usual this week due to some time-consuming projects; cry me a river, right?)

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The major candidates for Rhode Island governor have spent much of their campaigns focused on the economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what they aren’t telling voters.

All of the Rhode Island political campaigns this year are talking about our state’s sluggish economy. In the governor’s contest between Republican Allan Fung, the Cranston mayor, and Democrat Gina Raimondo, the state treasurer, jobs and the economy often seem to be the only topic.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Warwick is a key city in Rhode Island’s race for governor, and with 12 percent of voters still undecided, Democrat Gina Raimondo has a slight lead over Republican Allan Fung. 

As part of our Rhody Votes '14 election coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with a group of parents from Warwick’s Cedar Hill Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization to find out what they think of the candidates.

She started out by asking what they see as the most important issue in the governor’s race.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

Some 150 people showed up for fundraiser featuring former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung. The Fung campaign said the event with the former GOP presidential candidate is estimated to have raised more than $50,000.

Romney said he’s endorsed Fung since the primary because Fung will improve schools and help people get better jobs.  Romney said the national Republican Party thinks the governor’s race is a race Fung can win.

As election day nears, luminaries of all stripes are weighing in on the candidates. Now comes Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, with advice for practicing Catholics on how to cast their ballots.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

President Obama has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.  

Raimondo’s campaign detailed the president’s support in a statement.  President Obama says Raimondo has the business experience to create jobs, and the ability to bring people together to solve tough problems.  The president was slated to appear at Rhode Island College Thursday, but canceled to focus on the ongoing Ebola crisis.

Meanwhile, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is due to visit Providence Thursday to campaign for Raimondo’s Republican opponent, Allan Fung.

In a boost for Gina Raimondo as she tries to gain support among union households, two of the most influential labor leaders in the state -- RI AFL-CIO president George Nee and Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island -- on Wednesday expressed their personal support for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

A new poll from WPRI and the Providence Journal, shows Democrat Gina Raimondo has a 6 percentage point lead over Republican Allan Fung.  

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.

New Governor's Race Poll Results Out Tomorrow

Oct 14, 2014
Catherine Welch / RIPR

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.

Will the stars align for a nail-biting November 4 election eve with key races hanging in the balance? Read on, dear reader, and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to send your comments and tips to idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Let's hit it.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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