2014 governor's race

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.

The top candidates running for governor said they are energized by the latest Providence Journal/Channel 12 poll. Democratic Treasurer Gina Raimondo leads Cranston Mayor Allan Fung with 42 percent to his 36 percent.

The poll shows Raimondo doing well among women, while Fung is polling strongly with men. Fung also has a higher favorability rating. Fung said the poll shows that his campaign is gaining momentum.

In a rare move, the Rhode Island AFL-CIO has endorsed a Republican candidate for statewide office – Catherine Taylor, who is running for lieutenant governor against Democrat Dan McKee, the mayor of Cumberland.

In a statement, George Nee, president of the state AFL-CIO, said, `` the Rhode Island AFL-CIO is proud to endorse Catherine Taylor for the office of lieutenant governor.’’

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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
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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.