October 22, 2010

Robitaille Rising?

Marc Comtois

Scott McKay's was the first report I saw about the Republican Governor's pumping a few hundred thousand dollars into the RI Governor's race on behalf of John Robitaille.

Washington political sources who are in the advertising buying side of political consulting say the RGA is preparing a major last-minute push on behalf of Robitaille. Which must mean they are seeing internal poll numbers that show their candidate with a fighting chance to pull off an upset over independent Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio, the two candidates who have been leading in the public opinion surveys that have been reported in Rhode Island’s media.

In the multi-candidate scrum that is the 2010 RI gubernatorial campaign, a candidate with as little as 35 percent could end up the victor.

McKay's instincts seem right as I heard Dan Yorke read some sort of press release citing a just-completed RGA National Republican Congressional Committee poll (which I can't find anywhere online--but the ProJo refers to it) showing Robitaille tied with Caprio at 28% and Chafee at 27%. Then there is the news that now Caprio is releasing ads attacking Robitaille and it makes one wonder if there is an increasing wind behind Robitaille's sails.

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'Bout time, Frank. You spent so much time attacking Chafee that you never noticed Robitaille creeping up on you.
What does Chafee do here? His vote seems pretty solid at or near 35 percent, and his chances of winning depend on how the anti-Chafee vote splits. Chafee's more likely to lose voters to Block than the other two.

Posted by: hellas at October 22, 2010 12:10 PM

Marc, help me out. I do not know RI election laws. The Moderate Party needs Block running for Governor to achieve a 5% return to become a major party. Is this the same threshold for the RI Republican Party? If so, are they in danger of losing major party ballot access?

Posted by: David S at October 22, 2010 6:33 PM

Lil Frankie's screwed. The communists (progressives) and public unions hate him. The Right hates him, and everyone else is realizing he is just a wooden puppet of his corrupt, sociopathic Kennedy inspired daddy.
Between the 2 "born on third base, thinks he hit a triple" Jerzyk clones and the straight-talking anti-union guy who grew up in a tenement it should be an easy choice.
Not that it will do much good-come January The Fox will still be guarding the henhouse, the Weed will still be polluting the Senate and we will still be the State Of Rhode Island and Council 94 Plantations.

Posted by: Tommy Cranston at October 22, 2010 7:09 PM

According to the latest Rasmussen, Block has 6%. Too bad his ego won't let him step down and endorse Robitaille.

Posted by: BobN at October 23, 2010 10:16 AM

Does any of Block's vote come from Robitaille? Unlikely. These voters find Robitaille too conservative and are sick of Chafee and Caprio's mud fight.

Posted by: hellas at October 23, 2010 4:36 PM
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