Dole Giving up on Chafee?
According to the Winston-Salem Journal:
[Senator Elizabeth] Dole won’t be campaigning any more for Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, who is considered the most vulnerable incumbent Republican.
Chafee, a moderate Republican who publicly announced that he would not vote for Bush’s re-election – he instead wrote in Bush’s father’s name – is facing a strong primary challenge from the right.
The Almanac of American Politics describes Rhode Island as “almost always one of the most Democratic states in presidential elections.” Even if Chafee wins his primary, he faces a strong challenge from the state’s former attorney general.
Nick said that Dole has no plans to go to Rhode Island between now and November. She did visit the state earlier this year.
Darrell West, a professor of political science at Brown University in Providence, said that is probably a good thing.
“Elizabeth Dole has good credibility on the right, (but) Chafee is pursuing independent voters now more than Republican voters,” West said.
Is Elizabeth Dole giving up on Lincoln Chafee, or is she being politically pragmatic, as implied by Darryl West?