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Reed and Langevin Win

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

 

Jack Reed

United States Senator Jack Reed and 2nd District Congressman Jim Langvin have won re-election.

For Jack Reed tonight is a little bittersweet.  According to CNN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has won re-election in Kentucky.  This was a targeted seat for Democrats who hoped to knock off the GOP Senate Leader. The Senate race in Kentucky was over $80 million.

The race in Kentucky is an early indicator that the U.S. Senate may shift from Democratic control to Republican hands. This is a blow for Reed who would have assumd the Chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Langevin will continue in the Minority

Langevin wins his again and he first took office in 2001.  The GOP may be adding to their margin in the House.

He serves on:

Committee assignments
    •    Committee on Armed Services
    •        Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
    •        Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
    •        Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities (Ranking Member)
    •    Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

 

Related Slideshow: Ten Things to Watch for in RI on Election Day

What to watch for on Tueday, November 4, 2014 for starters -- and RWU's June Speakman and RIC's Kay Israel offer some of their thoughts. 

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Turnout

Who will turn out -- and where -- in a non-Presidential year at the polls in Rhode Island will be a critical factor as to the outcome of the 2014 election.  The highly-touted East Side - South Providence combination for a successful Mayoral run will be put to the test, as the question is whether Cianci can grab any of Elorza's stronghold on the East Side -- and if Elorza can grab enough of South Providence so it can put him over the top.  Look to see what Harrop's eventual take is, and whether his cut has an impact on the final outcome.  

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Unions

After a primary that saw Democrats Clay Pell and Angel Taveras as the public employee union darlings, Gina Raimondo managed to pick up her former organized labor adversaries once the anointed Democratic candidate.  Will rank and file union members -- and retirees -- follow suit from the brass who cut the endorsement deals?  Moreover, would Clay Pell serving as Education Commissioner be out of the realm of possibilities, should Raimondo win?

"The research on the impact of union endorsements on the voting behavior of the rank and file in inconclusive, with a lot depending on the dynamics of the particular race," said Speakman.  "In this race, the picture is complex.  Private sectors unions are more enthusiastic about Raimondo than public sector unions, whose leaders are sending tepid signals of support for Raimondo, while many of their members have felt the  negative impact of her pension reform.   In recent years, in any event, interviews with the union-member-on-the-street have revealed a tendency to take leadership's endorsement into account, but not follow it without question."

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Year of the Woman?

With Raimondo leading the charge to be the first woman Governor of Rhode Island, Republican Catherine Taylor is vying for the Lt. Governor post, and Democrat Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State.  In a notable turn, Taylor picked up nearly the entirety of labor support as the GOP candidate while education-reform advocate and opponent Dan McKee maintained a lead in the polls -- with a sizable undecided faction that will mostly likely ultimately decide the race. 

"Given Nellie Gorbea's likely victory in the Secretary of State contest, there will be at least one woman celebrating on Tuesday night," said Speakman.  "She deserves kudos for a relentlessly positive general election campaign, with warm and clever ads that were a welcome relief from the doom and gloom tone of the gubernatorial ads.  Catherine Taylor, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, could be another woman to win on Tuesday." 

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Weather

Sunny and temps in the high-50s -- if there were any excuses not to go to the polls on Tuesday, weather's not among them, sorry.

"Conventional wisdom says good weather encourages turnout and higher turnout tends to benefit Democrats," said Speakman. "However, these days with increasingly targeted and aggressive GOTV operations by both parties, it's difficult to know if this bit of conventional wisdom will hold."

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Dems vs. GOP vs. Mods?

22 of the last 30 years.  That's the stronghold the Republican Party has had in electing the state's highest position since 1984.  Will Rhode Island voters elect a Democratic Governor with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate?  Voters in recent history have elected a Republican to counterbalance the overwhelmingly Democratic General Assembly.  Whether voters decide that pension-reform pushing Raimondo has enough fiscally conservative chops to fit the bill is yet to be seen -- and whether enough Moderate Party or leaning types come to the polls to make a difference on Tuesday.  
 

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Checked Out Voters

38 Studios.  The State House raid.  Allegations of mail ballot fraud.  Millions spent in campaigns that featured negative ad after negative.  With an unemployment rate consistently among the highest in the country, and a business climate consistently among the lowest, the question is, who will Rhode Islanders choose to vote in to take the helm of the state -- and who is disenfranchised or disengaged enough not to vote. 

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Moderate Party

Will former Cool Mooser turned Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey prove enough of a wedge to make a difference in the outcome of the gubernatorial election?  While Healey's been polling in the 10% range, it could prove problematic for the front runners -- but not impossible to overcome. Healey might not be the next Governor of Rhode Island, but look to see if he gets a nod for a position in the Governor's office in the coming months.  

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Cianci Factor

As expected, the entrance of former Mayor of Providence Vincent "Buddy" Cianci into this year's Mayoral race has dominated much of local -- as well as national -- media coverage.  As Cianci squares off in a tight race with Jorge Elorza, will the Providence turnout be higher-than-usual in a non-Election year?  Will Raimondo supporters in the city drive up the vote -- and the support needed by Elorza to prevail?  And who will Buddy supporters get behind for Governor?  Look to find out on Tuesday. 
 

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Ballot Issues

Roger Williams University Professor has already called the Governor's race as being "too close to call." Allegations of mail ballot fraud dominated the Mayoral race in just this past week.  What if something were to happen at the polls?

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha has announced that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Terrence P. Donnelly will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 4, 2014, general elections.

AUSA Donnelly has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the District of Rhode Island, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

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X-Factor

With Election Day a day away -- could anything happen in the next 24-48 hours to shake things up?  Stay tuned to GoLocal and follow closely, for all the real-time election coverage starting today and tomorrow!

 
 

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