Anticipation grows on 2010 race for gov


Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza, kind enough to link to my piece last year on the possibility of Linc Chafee gunning for governor in 2010, calls Rhode Island's next race for chief executive No. 2 in the nation (h/t Matt):

2. Rhode Island (R): By the numbers, this is a seat Democrats should control. Obama won it with 63 percent of the vote in 2008 and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) convincingly beat former Sen. Lincoln Chafee in 2006. And, a number of high-profile Democrats are lining up for the race -- including openly gay Providence Mayor David Cicilline -- while there are no obvious Republican stars looking at the contest. The X-factor? Chafee, who is contemplating a bid as an Independent. If Chafee gets in, he has a legitimate shot of winning this thing. If not, the Democratic nominee will be heavily favored. Either way, it is a long shot that the next governor of Rhode Island has an "R" after his (or her) name.

In his handicapping post, Matt notes the obvious omission of Steve Laffey, as well as reports that Rep. Joe Trillo is looking into the race.

For his part, Chafee doesn't seem to be in a terrible rush to get going, but that might just be Linc being Linc. 

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