Rhode Island Tip Sheet: Democrats on the wane in RI?
STATE OF THE STATE: While 2010 seemed like the most auspicious of all years for building the GOP’s ranks in Rhode Island, Republicans made only modest gains. Which makes Ted Nesi‘s post about a precipitous Democratic decline in the Ocean State all the more interesting. Gallup show’s the party’s local support shrinking from just under 40 percent in 2008 to just under 20 percent in 2011. So how does that square with the ongoing Democratic voting tendency in RI, along with the GOP’s total absence from general offices and Congress? Well, the last part of that question hints at a shortage of appealing candidates, at least for some posts. Nor has the GOP sustained an effective long-term effort to chip away at the General Assembly. So while independents have formed the majority for some time in traditionally Democratic states like Rhode Island and Massachusetts, their options are sometimes limited.
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