Rhode Island Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Rhode Island Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Lincoln Chafee Democratic Party
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The Rhode Island Gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Lincoln Chafee (D) was eligible but chose not to run for re-election, making this election into an open seat race. This has drawn many challengers, with four Democrats and two Republicans contesting primaries on September 9. Six third-party candidates have also jumped into the race. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.


Rhode Island is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary, but they will then be considered affiliated with that party. In order to disaffiliate, they must file a "Change of Party Designation" form.[1]

Candidates

Candidates

Declined

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 25 Filing deadline
September 9 Primary election
November 4 General election

Race background

In October 2013, The Washington Post named the Democratic primary in the governor's race as one of the top 10 primaries of 2014.[18]

On May 30, 2013, Republican-turned-Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee formalized his long-rumored intention to once again change his party affiliation, this time switching to Democrat.[19][20] Until officially joining the Democratic Party on May 30, 2013, Chafee was the country's only sitting Independent governor.[21] He endorsed former U.S. Senate colleague President Obama in 2008 and 2012, but the main reason Chafee cited for changing to a major party affiliation was the need to finance a competitive re-election campaign. "There is no independent governors association throwing money around ... but there is a Democratic Governors Association," he told The Associated Press in December 2012. Reaffirming his concerns, a report released by Governing in December 2012 named Chafee as one of five governors considered vulnerable to losing re-election in 2013-2014.[22]

Chafee was expected to seek re-election, but announced on September 4, 2013 that he would not seek a second term so that he could focus on governing instead. "I want to devote all my time, all my energy, to the task at hand," he stated.[23][24] The open seat that Chafee's decision created has drawn many challengers, with four Democrats and two Republicans contesting primaries on September 9. Six third-party candidates have also jumped into the race.

Money in the race

Campaign finance reports detailing April 1 to June 30, 2013 were due July 31. They showed Gina Raimondo (D) leading the pack of gubernatorial contenders with nearly $2.1 million cash on hand at the end of June. Among other potential candidates, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras reported a balance of $692,590, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung showed $256,498 cash on hand. Declared Moderate Party candidate Ken Block reported $73,987.[25]

In February, the three candidates in the Democratic primary began to work out a mutual agreement, a so-called "People's Pledge," to limit outside funding for their campaigns.[26]

For the reporting period ending on March 31, 2014, Gina Raimondo had $3.3 million cash on hand, followed by fellow Democrats Clay Pell ($2 million on hand) and Angel Taveras ($1.4 million on hand). The two Republicans were far behind: Ken Block had $650,000 cash on hand while his primary opponent Allan Fung had $450,000 on hand.[27]

Polls

Governor of Rhode Island
Poll Gina Raimondo Angel TaverasAllan FungKenneth BlockUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Taubman Center for Public Policy
Oct. 2-5, 2013
27.3%20.7%19.0%9.0%24.0%+/-3.9638
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Democratic primary

Democratic primary, Four candidates, Governor of Rhode Island
Poll Gina Raimondo Angel TaverasClay PellTodd GirouxUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
WPRI-TV/Providence Journal
Feb. 3-6, 2014
27%31%15%1%25%+/-4.38503
WPRI-TV/Providence Journal
May 27-30, 2014
29%33%12%1.6%22%+/-4.38506
AVERAGES 28% 32% 13.5% 1.3% 23.5% +/-4.38 504.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Democratic primary, Three candidates, Governor of Rhode Island
Poll Gina Raimondo Angel TaverasClay PellUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Brown University
April 3-5, 2014
29.4%25.8%9.6%35.2%+/-4.9395
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Democratic primary, Two candidates, Governor of Rhode Island
Poll Gina Raimondo Angel TaverasUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Taubman Center for Public Policy
Oct. 2-5, 2013
42.0%33.6%24.4%+/-4.5433
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican primary

Republican primary, Governor of Rhode Island
Poll Allen Fung Ken BlockUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Brown University
April 3-5, 2014
31.4%36%32.6%+/-10.686
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


See also

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References

  1. Rhode Island Board of Elections Website, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
  2. The Associated Press, "RI Gov. Chafee open to running for 2nd term as Dem," December 14, 2012
  3. Public Policy Polling, "Chafee unpopular; Rhode Island voters support gay marriage," January 31, 2013
  4. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Angel Taveras hires top Washington, D.C. firm to plan governor race," March 22, 2013
  5. GoLocalProv, "The Scoop: Giroux to Run for Gov, RI Tea Party Talks Obamacare," October 4, 2013
  6. GoLocalProv, "Clay Pell Looks To Run For Governor in 2014," October 15, 2013
  7. GoLocal Providence, "Cranston Mayor Allan Fung: 13 To Watch in RI in 2013," January 1, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 WPRI TV, "Fung, Robitaille, Block may run for gov against Dems, Chafee," August 7, 2012
  9. WPRI, "Ken Block to run for governor in '14," May 21, 2013
  10. Thomas Davis for Governor of RI, "About," January 28, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates," accessed June 27, 2014
  12. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  13. governor-in-2014/ WPRI "Let the games begin – Almonte files to run for governor in 2014," accessed May 15, 2012
  14. WPRI, "Ernie Almonte abandons campaign for governor to run for RI treasurer," May 16, 2013
  15. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Avedisian Says He's Not Considering Gov's Office Following Chafee's Stunner," September 5, 2013
  16. WPRI, "Republican Robitaille eyeing 2014 governor's race," August 5, 2013
  17. Boston.com, "Robitaille says no plans to run for RI governor," October 18, 2013
  18. Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 primaries of 2014," October 4, 2013
  19. Boston.com, "RI Gov. Chafee poised to join Democrats," May 30, 2013
  20. Politico, "Lincoln Chafee switches affiliation to Democrat," May 30, 2013
  21. Brown Political Review, "BPR Talks with Gov. Lincoln Chafee (Video)," May 22, 2013
  22. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  23. The Associated Press, "RI Gov. Chafee open to running for 2nd term as Dem," December 14, 2012
  24. ABC News, "RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee Won't Run for 2nd Term," September 4, 2013
  25. Providence Journal, "Raimondo fundraising leads group of potential R.I. candidates for governor," August 1, 2013
  26. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Dem’s In RI Governor’s Racing Hammering Out A People’s Pledge," February 21, 2014
  27. Washington Times, "$9.8M raised for 2014 Rhode Island governor’s race," May 1, 2014