The Mandate to Be Divisive
With the expectation that it’s a reminder that will often have to be made, over the next four years, let’s note once again that Lincoln Chafee will be running Rhode Island based on the smallest victorious slice of the electorate ever:
As the winner of what came down to a four-man race for R.I. governor, Lincoln D. Chafee appears to have won the state’s top office with the lowest percentage of votes on record.
The Republican-turned-independent Chafee won with 36.1 percent of the vote in a race against Republican John Robitaille (33.6 percent), Democrat Frank T. Caprio (23 percent) and Moderate Party candidate Ken Block (6.5 percent).
In my view, the people who made up Linc’s third have as their unifying theme the thwarting of the other two-thirds’ efforts to to realign state policy with their own interests.