The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up


Rhode Island

rhodeisland-stampIncumbent: Lincoln Chafee (Ind)

Primary Election: September 14, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010


2002 Result: Carcieri wins 55%-45%.
2006 Result: Carcieri wins 51%-49%.

Rhode Island Gubernatorial Headlines


The Ocean State, the only state  is the only state in New England  that has not had a woman serve as either a US Senator or Governor.  Jane Swift did serve as MA governor but she wasn’t elected to the post; she assumed office as lieutenant governor when then-Governor Paul Cellucci became ambassador to Canada. By contrast, CT had a woman governor (Ella  Grasso) elected in the 1970s, VT’s Madeleine Kunin was elected in the 1980s and Maine currently has two female U.S. senators – Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. NH’s Jeanne Shaheen has served both as her state’s governor and U.S. senator.

Frank Caprio    Web Site facebook twitter YouTube
Patrick Lynch   Web Site facebook twitter YouTube

Victor Moffitt
John Robitaille   Web Site facebook twitter YouTube flickr

Lincoln Chafee Web Site facebook twitter YouTube flickr

Moderate Party
Ken Block   Web Site

Local Blogs/Media
Anchor Rising (conservative)
Rhode Island Future (progressive)

Video of Rhode Island gubernatorial debate, Wednesday October 6, 2010. Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

Brown Univ: Early look at governor’s race; economy bleak (10/9/13)
Brown Univ: RI supports same-sex marriage; Only 25% give Chafee positive job approval rating (2/28/13)
Public Policy Polling: Chafee unpopular, job approval at 33-59% (1/31/13)
WPRI: Chafee’s job approval numbers still horrible; only 29% approve (10/2/12)
WPRI: Chafee’s job approval numbers dismal; 48% rate job performance as poor (2/28/12)
Brown Univ: Chafee’s approval rating continues to slide, only 22.1% approve of performance (2/23/12)
Brown Univ: Strong support for pension bill, Raimondo; Chafee job approval rating at 27% (12/15/11)
EngageRI/Benenson Strategy Group: 63% in RI want ‘complete overhaul’ of pensions (10/6/11)
Caprio slips into third, Chafee 35%, Robitaille 28%, Caprio 25%, Block 2% (10/28/10)
Rasmussen: Chafee extends lead, Chafee 35%, Caprio 28%, Robitaille 25%, Block 6% (10/21/10)
Quest Research: Caprio, Chafee in virtual tie, Caprio 37%, Chafee 33%, Robitaille 22%, Block 2% (10/13/10)
Rasmussen: Chafee maintains narrow advantage – Chafee 33%, Caprio 30%, Robitaille  22%, Block 4%, Undecided 10% (10/6/10)
Brown Univ: Caprio up by seven, but nearly 30% remain undecided; Caprio 30%, Chafee 23%, Robitaille 14%, Don’t know/No Answer 30% (9/29/10)
Quest Research: Caprio holds 12-point lead, Caprio 36%, Chafee 24%, Undecided 23%, Robitaille 13%, Block 2% (9/20/10)
Rasmussen: General election underway – Chafee 33%, Caprio 30%, Robitaille 23%, Block 5%, Undecided 9% (9/16/10)
Rasmussen: Caprio holds 6-7 point lead over Chafee, GOPers trail below 20% (8/17/10)
Brown Univ: Chafee, Caprio tied, nearly third of voters remain undecided (8/6/10)
Rasmussen: Chafee leads all matchups with 36-37% of vote (7/21/10)
Rasmussen: Winner between Caprio, Chafee depends on who GOP nominee is (5/27/10)
Rasmussen: Caprio, Chafee tied in latest poll, Lynch would come in third (4/21/10)
Rasmussen: Chafee leads three-way contest (3/25/10)
Rasmussen: Chafee leads three-way contests (3/2/10)
Brown Univ: Chafee leads, RI voters not confident in leaders ability to turn state around (2/23/10)

State Resources:
Rhode Island Board of Elections