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The GOP presidential primary and what it means for David Cicilline

September 27, 2011

Should US Representative David Cicilline be cheering for Rick Perry’s Republican presidential campaign?

The November 2012 presidential election should provide a considerable boost to the Democratic candidate in the First Congressional District.

But if the GOP presidential candidate is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, he’d probably run quite a bit better in Rhode Island than the more outspoken, conservative, and geographically distant┬áRick Perry. Conversely, in a close race, Perry might lend an edge to the CD1 Democrat.

State Republican Chairman Ken McKay says it’s too early to consider the influence of the GOP presidential candidate in the CD1 race. McKay says the financial crisis that blew up in Providence after Cicilline’s departure from the mayor’s office looms as a bigger factor.

State Democratic Chairman Edwin Pacheco also declined to make much of the potential difference in Rhode Island between a Romney and a Perry campaign. “We have to make sure we’re ready and support our president,” Pacheco says.

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