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Rhode Island Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
September 9, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Gina Raimondo Democratic Party
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. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

In October 2013, The Washington Post named the Democratic primary in the governor's race as one of the top 10 primaries of 2014.[1]

On May 30, 2013, the Republican-turned-Independent governor formalized his long-rumored intention to once again change his party affiliation, this time switching to Democrat.[2][3] Until officially joining the Democratic Party on May 30, 2013, Chafee was the country's only sitting Independent governor.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6][7]

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.[8]

Candidates

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

General election

Democratic Party Gina Raimondo - State Treasurer[9][10]Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Allan Fung - Mayor of Cranston[11][12]
Moderate Party Robert Healey - Moderate Party candidate[13]
Independent Kate Fletcher[14]
Independent Leon Kayarian[14]

Withdrawn or removed from ballot

Independent Thomas Davis[15]
Independent Christopher Reynolds[14]
Moderate Party James Spooner - Moderate Party candidate[14]
Independent Anna Winograd Vrankar - Compassion Party candidate[14]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Angel Taveras - Mayor of Providence[16]
Democratic Party Todd Giroux - 2010 Independent candidate for governor[17]
Democratic Party Clay Pell - U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education[18]
Republican Party Ken Block - Founder and former head of the Rhode Island Moderate Party[19]

Declined

Democratic Party Lincoln Chafee - Incumbent[20]
Democratic Party Ernest Almonte - Former State Auditor[21][22]
Republican Party Scott Avedisian - Mayor of Warwick[12][23]
Republican Party Brendan Doherty - Former state police superintendent and and 2012 Republican nominee for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District
Republican Party John Robitaille - 2010 candidate for governor[24][25]

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.[26]

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.

See also

External links

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References

  1. Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 primaries of 2014," October 4, 2013
  2. Boston.com, "RI Gov. Chafee poised to join Democrats," May 30, 2013
  3. Politico, "Lincoln Chafee switches affiliation to Democrat," May 30, 2013
  4. Brown Political Review, "BPR Talks with Gov. Lincoln Chafee (Video)," May 22, 2013
  5. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  6. The Associated Press, "RI Gov. Chafee open to running for 2nd term as Dem," December 14, 2012
  7. ABC News, "RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee Won't Run for 2nd Term," September 4, 2013
  8. Rhode Island Board of Elections Website, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. The Associated Press, "RI Gov. Chafee open to running for 2nd term as Dem," December 14, 2012
  10. Public Policy Polling, "Chafee unpopular; Rhode Island voters support gay marriage," January 31, 2013
  11. GoLocal Providence, "Cranston Mayor Allan Fung: 13 To Watch in RI in 2013," January 1, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 WPRI TV, "Fung, Robitaille, Block may run for gov against Dems, Chafee," August 7, 2012
  13. Facebook, "Robert J. Healey for Governor, accessed September 15, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates," accessed June 27, 2014
  15. Thomas Davis for Governor of RI, "About," January 28, 2014
  16. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Angel Taveras hires top Washington, D.C. firm to plan governor race," March 22, 2013
  17. GoLocalProv, "The Scoop: Giroux to Run for Gov, RI Tea Party Talks Obamacare," October 4, 2013
  18. GoLocalProv, "Clay Pell Looks To Run For Governor in 2014," October 15, 2013
  19. WPRI, "Ken Block to run for governor in '14," May 21, 2013
  20. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  21. governor-in-2014/ WPRI "Let the games begin – Almonte files to run for governor in 2014," accessed May 15, 2012
  22. WPRI, "Ernie Almonte abandons campaign for governor to run for RI treasurer," May 16, 2013
  23. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Avedisian Says He's Not Considering Gov's Office Following Chafee's Stunner," September 5, 2013
  24. WPRI, "Republican Robitaille eyeing 2014 governor's race," August 5, 2013
  25. Boston.com, "Robitaille says no plans to run for RI governor," October 18, 2013 (dead link)
  26. Providence Journal, "Raimondo fundraising leads group of potential R.I. candidates for governor," August 1, 2013