Chafee to meet with Obama today

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Independent Gov.-elect Lincoln Chafee has flown to Washington to join other newly elected state chief executives for a meeting with President Barack Obama.

Chafee's spokesman Mike Trainor says the one-time Republican who left the party in 2007 flew to Washington Wednesday afternoon for a meeting scheduled for Thursday at the White House.

It will be their first meeting since Obama traveled to Rhode Island but refused to endorse Democratic nominee Frank Caprio in the state's three-way governor's race to replace the outgoing Republican governor.

Caprio saw his standing in the poll dip after he suggested Obama could "take his endorsement and really shove it."

Obama withheld his backing as a courtesy to Chafee, who had crossed party lines in 2008 to back Obama's candidacy.

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