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5:16 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

WPRI-ProJo Poll Shows Magaziner Leading Caprio By 12 Points

In the race for state treasurer, first-time candidate Seth Magaziner is leading former treasurer Frank Caprio, 43 percent to 31 percent, with 24 percent of voters undecided, according to a new WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll.

The survey measures 503 likely Democratic primary voters.

Magaziner might be a newcomer to electoral politics, but he's the son of Ira Magaziner, a top aide in the Clinton White House who remains close to the Clintons. The former president is coming to Rhode Island to campaign for Magaziner August 27.

Caprio served as treasurer before lagging behind in the 2010 race for governor.

In other races, the WPRI-ProJo poll shows Ralph Mollis with 25 percent of the support in the Democratic race to replace outgoing lieutenant governor Elizabeth Roberts. Fifteen percent of respondents back Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee, while 10 percent favor state Rep Frank Ferri. Forty-seven percent of voters in the contest are undecided.

In the race for secretary of state, Guillaume de Ramel has 27 percent of the backing, compared with 13 percent for rival Democrat Nellie Gorbea, and 57 percent of voters are undecided.

The release of the poll comes three weeks before the September 9 primary. WPRI and the ProJo are expected to release a gubernatorial poll Wednesday morning.

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