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Robert Healey
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Governor of Rhode Island
Former Candidate
PartyModerate Party
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Robert Healey was a Moderate Party candidate for Governor of Rhode Island in the 2014 elections.[1] Robert Healey lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Healey was a 2010 Independent candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island.

Elections

2014

See also: Rhode Island Gubernatorial election, 2014

Healey ran for election to the office of Governor of Rhode Island.[1] The initial Moderate Party candidate, James Spooner, withdrew and Robert Healey was chosen by the Moderate Party as his successor. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

General election
Governor of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGina Raimondo 40.7% 131,899
     Republican Allan Fung 36.2% 117,428
     Moderate Robert Healey 21.4% 69,278
     Independent Kate Fletcher 1.1% 3,483
     Independent Leon Kayarian 0.4% 1,228
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 739
Total Votes 324,055
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

Race background

Unexpected results for Robert Healey

The biggest surprise on November 4 may have been the strong third-place finish of Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey. Healey was projected to receive about 9 percent of the vote in polls prior to the election. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Healey received 21.4 percent of the vote, far exceeding the 4.5 percent margin between the top two finishers. His vote haul earned national attention because his campaign used hand-painted signs and only spent $35 prior to the election. Healey received 39.2 percent of the vote to place second in the 2010 lieutenant gubernatorial race, though there was only one major-party candidate on the ballot.[2]

Chafee's decision not to run

In October 2013, The Washington Post named the Democratic primary in the governor's race as one of the top 10 primaries of 2014.[3]

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 the Democrats.[4][5] Until officially joining the Democratic Party on May 30, 2013, Chafee was the country's only sitting Independent governor.[6] 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.[7]

Chafee was expected to seek re-election, but announced on September 4, 2013 that he would not run for 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.[8][9]

Money in the race

General election
Fundraising advantage to Fung

In the dying days of the campaign, campaign finance reports from Fung and Raimondo showed a distinct advantage for the Republican candidate. Fung reported $124,203 in contributions and $780,442 in expenditures from October 7 to 27 with $272,314 on hand by the end of October. Raimondo reported $469,625 in contributions and $770,712 in expenditures over the same period, though she only held $32,557 on hand. Fung's participation in the state's matching-funds program meant a contribution of $1.1 million from the state following the primary. Raimondo did not participate in the matching-funds initiative because she did not want to limit her spending during the election. She spent $5.4 million during this election cycle, including $5 million during the primary election, while Fung spent a total of $1.8 million.[10]

Outside spending

Outside groups associated with the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and the Republican Governors Association (RGA) spent $849,000 on TV ads in late October. The DGA-backed Alliance for a Better Rhode Island and the RGA-funded Mid America Fund flooded this relatively small media market with ads taking aim at Fung's record as mayor of Cranston and Raimondo's stance on taxes, respectively. By comparison, the candidates reported approximately $1.2 million cash on hand by early October.[11]

Primary election

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. Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey reported $73,987.[12]

In February 2014, 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.[13]

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.[14]

Debates

Debate media

October 21 debate
October 21 debate

Gina Raimondo (D), Allan Fung (R) and Robert Healey (M) sparred over job growth, healthcare and the state's loan to 38 Studios during a debate at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Raimondo argued on behalf of a proposed innovation institute that would leverage the state's relationships with industrial leaders and universities to generate new businesses. Fung countered that the state needed to cut taxes by $200 million and reduce barriers like the business corporation fee to spur job growth. Healey spoke generally about reducing regulations on businesses and cutting taxes, though neither Fung nor Healey indicated the source of proposed cuts.[15]

The candidates split into two camps when asked about the state's health exchange, HealthSource RI. Fung and Healey were optimistic that the exchange would work if control were given back to the federal government. Fung elaborated that the state needed to trim "bells and whistles" from the program to keep costs low. Raimondo suggested licensing the state's healthcare services to neighboring states in order to make the program self-sufficient as required by federal law.[15]

Fung and Healey also joined together to criticize the state's $75 million loan to video game company Studio 38, which entered bankruptcy in 2012. The company founded by ex-Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling received a loan from the state's Economic Development Corporation but did not repay the loan before shuttering its doors. Both candidates suggested that a broad investigation should be completed before the state repays bondholders who funded the loan. Raimondo stated that while she shared the frustrations of her opponents over the circumstances, the bonds need to be repaid to maintain the state's bond rating.[15][15]

Polls

General election

Governor of Rhode Island, Raimondo, Fung and Healey
Poll Gina Raimondo (D) Allan Fung (R)Robert Healey (Moderate)OtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
WPRI 12/Providence Journal
October 6-9, 2014
42%36%8%1%12%+/-4.38505
Brown University
October 14-17, 2014
41.6%30.5%9.1%0%18%+/-2.91,129
Brown University
October 25-26, 2014
38%37.4%11.8%0%11.2%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 40.53% 34.63% 9.63% 0.33% 13.73% +/-3.89 711.33
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.
Governor of Rhode Island, Raimondo vs. Fung
Poll Gina Raimondo (D) Allan Fung (R)Other/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
January 23-30, 2013
46%27%27%+/-4614
Taubman Center for Public Policy
October 2-5, 2013
38%36%26%+/-3.9638
Rasmussen Reports
September 23-25, 2014
42%37%21%+/-4750
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
41%38%21%+/-4724
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
40%35%25%+/-6866
AVERAGES 41.4% 34.6% 24% +/-4.38 718.4
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.

Primary elections
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.

2010

See also: Rhode Island lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Healey faced Elizabeth Roberts (D) and Robert Venturini (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010, running on the Cool Moose Party line. Healey came second to Roberts, with almost 40% of the vote.[16]

Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Roberts Incumbent 54.5% 175,640
     Cool Moose Robert Healey 39.2% 126,063
     HWB Robert Venturini 6.3% 20,295
Total Votes 321,998
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Facebook, "Robert J. Healey for Governor, accessed September 15, 2014
  2. The Washington Post, "This Rhode Island governor candidate won 22 percent of the vote. He only spent $35.," November 5, 2014
  3. Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 primaries of 2014," October 4, 2013
  4. Boston.com, "RI Gov. Chafee poised to join Democrats," May 30, 2013 (dead link)
  5. Politico, "Lincoln Chafee switches affiliation to Democrat," May 30, 2013
  6. Brown Political Review, "BPR Talks with Gov. Lincoln Chafee (Video)," May 22, 2013
  7. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  8. The Associated Press, "RI Gov. Chafee open to running for 2nd term as Dem," December 14, 2012
  9. ABC News, "RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee Won't Run for 2nd Term," September 4, 2013
  10. WPRI, "Fung keeps big cash advantage over Raimondo," October 28, 2014
  11. WPRI, "Outside groups pouring big money into RI gov race," October 22, 2014
  12. Providence Journal, "Raimondo fundraising leads group of potential R.I. candidates for governor," August 1, 2013
  13. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Dem’s In RI Governor’s Racing Hammering Out A People’s Pledge," February 21, 2014
  14. Washington Times, "$9.8M raised for 2014 Rhode Island governor’s race," May 1, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 WPRI, "Fung, Raimondo go on the attack in first TV debate," October 21, 2014
  16. Rhode Island State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election: Lieutenant Governor," updated November 8, 2010 at 11:46, accessed November 15, 2010