September 25, 2010

The Signage War

Justin Katz

I've wanted to mention: Over the past few weeks, I've been driving up and down a number of the main roads in the East Bay, particularly on Aquidneck Island and east of the Sakonnet River. In the balance of yard signs, I have to say that it isn't even a contest between the Republicans and others. The signs are everywhere, led by first Congressional district candidate John Loughlin, Gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille, and attorney general candidate Erik Wallin. Local General Assembly candidate Nancy Driggs has, however, been hugely active — placing ubiquitous signs and standing at key intersections during commute times.

Granted, the East Bay might not be representative — and yard signs are hardly tantamount to election returns — but there appears to be a clear enthusiasm gap. I wonder how things appear in other parts of the state.

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In my part of Tiverton I have not seen any Nancy Driggs sign at all or have I seen her. Lots of sign from her opponent and he was at the Pardon Grey day and the opening of the rec soccer season.

Posted by: triplerichard at September 25, 2010 5:55 PM

"Kernan F. King, the Republican candidate for state general treasurer who has, since 2005, received a property-tax break available ONLY to permanent residents of Florida"

Would the above fit on a yard sign ??

Posted by: Sam at September 25, 2010 11:51 PM

I saw a Kerry king sign when I was visiting Florida over the summer. Does that count?

Posted by: Swazool at September 26, 2010 1:24 PM

Just sneaking this in here. Here is a link to a map of Rhode Island showing ethnic make up, Red is White, Blue is Black, Orange is Hispanic. Every dot represents 25 people.

Posted by: Warrington Faust at September 26, 2010 10:19 PM

I zoomed up Route 138 today from Newport (Middletown) out to Route 24. Republican signs easily outnumbered Dems 3-1 and that's even counting Amy Rice's (permanent) office sign.

Posted by: Monique at September 26, 2010 10:23 PM