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Chafee Loses Ground in Rhode Island Governor's Race

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A month ago, independent Lincoln Chafee had double-digit leads over both Democratic hopefuls in Rhode Island's three-way race for governor, but now one of the Democrats, state General Treasurer Frank Caprio, has caught up to him, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted April 21.

Chafee and Caprio are now tied at 33 percent each with Republican John Robitaille, a former aide to outgoing Gov. Donald Carcieri, at 21 percent. Thirteen percent are undecided. Chafee had led Caprio by 11 points in late March.

Matched against the other Democrat in the race, state Attorney General Patrick Lynch, Chafee maintains his edge, leading Lynch by 35 percent to 24 percent with 26 percent for Robitaille. Fifteen percent are undecided. Chafee's margin is 4 points less than last month.

One edge Caprio has over Lynch as a rival to Chafee is that he draws 19 percent of the Republican vote to Lynch's 7 percent. Chafee, the former Republican senator who left the party in his bid for the governorship, gets 26 percent support from his former party against Lynch and 23 percent against Caprio.

The Democrats hold their primary in September.

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