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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Former state police superintendent Brendan Doherty, who ran as a Republican against First District Congressman David Cicilline in 2012, is endorsing Democrat Gina Raimondo for governor.


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.

With just over a month until Election Day, the post-primary lull is rapidly fading into the past. So thanks for stopping by, feel to send your tips and thoughts my way at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go:

The Rhode Island Republican Party has taken its complaint over a campaign commercial for gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo to the state Board of Elections.  Democrats insist they’re not doing anything wrong.

Democrat Gina Raimondo clings to a narrow lead over Republican Allan Fung in Rhode Island’s campaign for governor, according to the latest poll released by Rasmussen Reports, a national pollster. The survey has Raimondo, the state general treasurer, at 42 percent, and Cranston Mayor Fung at 37 percent, with 11 percent preferring another candidate (Bob Healey is the Moderate Party candidate for governor) and 11 percent undecided. The survey of 750 likely Rhode Island voters was taken between September 23 to 25 and carries a margin of sampling error of 4 percent.

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The Center for Public Integrity, a non-partisan investigative group in Washington, DC, says Rhode Island led the nation in the amount of spending per voter on political ads so far in 2014.

Pennsylvania led the country with the most overall spending on political ads, with more than $37 million dollars, and Rhode Island placed 15th in that category. Yet the CPI says the Ocean State’s hard-fought Democratic gubernatorial primary sparked the most spending per-voter on campaign commercials.

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Rivals in the heated Republican primary for governor, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, hugged in front of the media Monday and vowed to work together to get a Republican in the governor’s office.

They attacked each other in debates and television ads, but at a press conference at the Statehouse Fung and Block hugged, saying they share a belief in reduced spending and more oversight of the General Assembly. Block said the two are now united going into the November election.

Gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung have agreed to do a limited number of joint appearances and televised debates before the general election.  A coalition of environmental groups is disappointed its invitation for a debate didn’t make the list.