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Obama pollsters could go head-to-head in RI’s 2014 gov race

November 19, 2012

Two of the expected Democratic candidates in the 2014 governor’s race share more than their allegiance to the Donkey Party: they each use a pollster affiliated with President Obama.

The president’s pollster, Joel Benenson, counts state Treasurer Gina Raimondo among his clients and mentions her 2010 win on his Web site. Raimondo remains publicly coy about her plans for 2014, but has banked $1 million on the way to a much-expected run for governor.

Former state auditor general Ernest Almonte, the first declared candidate for governor in 2014, hired Jefrey Pollock as his pollster in July. Pollock’s Global Strategies Group also polls for Priorities USA, President Obama’s super PAC.

It’s all in the (Obama) family, as the saying goes.

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