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Daniel…….Polling Summary for Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Hello Folks!

Here is my Polling Summary for today:

New Hampshire Governor:

Lynch (D)  47 %  ,  Stephen (R)  35 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Lynch (D)  50 %  ,  Kimball (R)  31 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Lynch (D)  51 %  ,  Testerman (R)  32 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

South Dakota House At-Large:

Herseth-Sandlin (D)  47 %  ,  Nelson (R)  43 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Herseth-Sandlin (D)  46 %  ,  Noem (R)  43 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Herseth-Sandlin (D)  48 %  ,  Curd (R)  41 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Rhode Island Governor:

Chaffee (I)  37 %  ,  Robitaille (R)  29 %  ,  P. Lynch (D)  19 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Chaffee (I)  35 %  ,  Moffitt (R)  28 %  ,  P. Lynch (D)  24 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Chaffee (I)  35 %  ,  Caprio (D)  32 %  ,  Robitaille (R)  25 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Caprio (D)  35 %  ,  Chaffee (I)  33 %  ,  Moffitt (R)  22 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

IA-GOV GOP Primary:

Branstad  46 %  ,  Vander Plaats  31 %  ,  Roberts  13 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)

IA-SEN DEM Primary:

Conlin  48 %  ,  Krause  13 %  ,  Fiegen  8 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)

MI-GOV GOP Primary:

Snyder  20 %  ,  Hoekstra  19 %  ,  Cox  17 %  ,  Bouchard  15 %  ,  George 8 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)

MI-GOV DEM Primary:

Bernero  26 %  ,  Dillon  23 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)

Interesting: All the GOP Congress Members who tried to run for Governor were defeated and folks like Hoekstra, Deal or Gresham Barrett might join Kay Bailey Hutchison in losing their respective Primary.

Daniel G.

June 1, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , ,


  1. My Rhode Island prickliness insists to you out-of-staters that it’s Chafee not “Chaffee”. In the RI Republican primary (Sept. 14), Victor Moffitt is considered to be to the right of John Robitaille, the GOP establishment’s choice, as well as less experienced, so apparently some voters who’d otherwise vote for Robitaille would rather vote for Caprio (D) than Moffitt in the general, giving Caprio a very slight edge over Chafee. Many Republians have never forgiven Chafee for speaking and voting against Pres. George W. Bush while in the Senate, and then leaving the GOP after losing re-election to Sheldon Whitehouse (D) in 2006.

    In the Democratic primary (same day), Atty-Gen. Patrick Lynch is trying to establish a place somewhat (but not very far) to the left of Gen. Treas. Frank Caprio, who cultivates a mildly pro-business image. Both come from long-time Democratic families (former RI Dem. Chairman Bill Lynch is Patrick’s brother and running for Patrick Kennedy’s vacated Congressional seat), just as ex-U.S. Sen Lincoln Chafee comes from a long-time Republican one (in fact, the Chafees are one of Rhode Island’s Five Families of the Yankee ascendancy, together with the Browns.)

    Not included in Rasmussen’s survey, to the mild consternation of local TV stations, is the Moderate Party’s candidate, Ken Block. He won’t be elected Governor, but may take votes from other candidates, or else bring out alienated non-voters.

    The first television debate between the six current gubernatorial candidates will be on streaming video at 7 p.m. Eastern Time next Thursday, June 10, at http://www.wpri.com .

    I saw all of them at a live debate last month, and would have preferred that progressive State Rep. David Segal (D) run for Governor to offer a real left-wing choice, rather than a bit superfluously for Kennedy’s Congressional seat.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. Your statement that I have less experience than my opponent is unwarranted. I have 38 years of financial experience, 6 years in the General Assembly (house finance committee). My opponenet has no financial experience and has never been elected.

    Comment by Victor Moffitt | June 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Evening sir….

      DSD says that you are considered less expierenced in his 1:43pm post….

      Lets see if I can get him to answer you….

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 5, 2010 | Reply

      • Message is sent……

        Lets see if he can defend his remarks…..

        Comment by jamesb101 | June 5, 2010

  3. Okay Mr Moffit…..

    The comment about your experience are from DSD…..

    It is so noted here that you have 38 years of FINANCIAL EXPERIENCE…..
    And you have been a RI State Rep. for 6 years…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  4. Ok…..Tell ya what…since DSD isn’t around….

    I’ll do this to be fair…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  5. By Katherine Gregg

    Journal State House Bureau
    PROVIDENCE — A second Republican is on the verge of announcing his candidacy for governor.

    Tax accountant and former state Rep. Victor Moffitt confirmed Thursday that he intends to announce his candidacy for governor on April 15, which, not entirely coincidentally, is the deadline for filing tax returns.

    At that point, Moffitt, 60, of Coventry said he will roll out an updated version of the three R’s — “Reduce, Replace and Reform” — that he first unveiled when he ran for state treasurer on the Reform Party ticket in 1998.

    “I will be laying out my entire tax program on April 15,” said Moffitt, who opted against running for reelection in 2008 after serving three terms in the House of Representatives.

    Once he makes it official, Moffitt will be locked in a Republican primary competition with John Robitaille who, until recently, was Republican Governor Carcieri’s communications director. Carcieri is barred by term limits from running for reelection.

    As one of the leaders of the Rhode Island chapter of Ross Perot’s Reform Party in the 1990s, Moffitt was an impassioned letter-to-the editor writer. In response to news that the state had logged a $132-million surplus in 1998, for example, he wrote: “A ‘surplus’ is created when taxpayers are overtaxed … Every 1 percentage point of the Rhode Island sales tax represents about $70 million in state revenue. Therefore, we should reduce the sales tax to 6 percent … to allow our Rhode Island retail businesses fair competition with our neighboring states.”

    Rhode Island no longer has a surplus, but Moffitt in a brief interview said many of the themes of his campaign for governor will echo his 1998 campaign. At that time, he proposed eliminating school spending from the local tax burden, establishing a statewide 7 percent flat income tax (which he says would bring in enough new revenue to establish a statewide school-funding financing plan) and breaking the state into four regional school districts. He also wanted to reduce the state sales tax to 6 percent.

    Moffitt attended Coventry High School before enlisting in the Air Force in 1968. He spent one year in Vietnam where his responsibilities included boarding newly arrived planes full of Army and Marine Corps troops and saying, “Welcome to Vietnam.”

    Moffitt later earned an accounting degree from Johnson & Wales University and opened for business in Coventry.


    Comment by jamesb101 | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. Good luck on your run for governor

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  7. I said “is considered to be”, but quite frankly, I know so little of either Republican candidate that I’m in a poor position to judge.

    Victor Moffitt is definitely the outsider challenging the candidate favored by the Republican establishment. John Robitaille certainly looked smoother in the first live debate I saw at the Lincoln School in Providence, but I know from experience that this early in a campaign, such impressions can be extremely deceptive.

    I suggest that everyone watch the first televised debate to judge for themselves, at 7 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) next Thurday, June 10th, on WPRI-TV, Channel 12 in Providence or streamed live on the ‘Web (and I’m sure later archived) at http://www.wpri.com

    Let me add that I’m very glad that both of these legislators have entered the Republican race for Governor. Either of them would be far better, in my opinion, both for the GOP’s chances and, more importantly (as I’m no Republican), for the state if elected, than the apparent front-runner a year ago, State Sen. Joe Trillo.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Oops, only Victor Moffitt and Joe Trillo have been in the General Assembly (state legislature); John Robitaille worked for the present Governor.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 6, 2010 | Reply

      • So he was right?…

        Comment by jamesb101 | June 6, 2010

  8. Thank you for your reply DSD……

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  9. In fairness to John Robitaille, I hunted around the Providence Journal’s web site for a while to find Katherine Gregg’s parallel profile, so readers can make their own comparisons of the candidates’ kinds and degrees of experience. Here’s the biographical part of her report on Robitaille’s formal announcement of candidacy:

    Robitaille describes himself as a “kid from Central Falls,” who “wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.” After graduating from Providence College, he served as second lieutenant, on active duty in the Army for more than five years. He also logged 10 years as a human resource manager for a Frito Lay plant, and then manager of labor relations for Continental Can Company’s Corrugated Container Group before starting his own company, the Perspective Communications Group.

    Robitaille described himself as a “cancer-free” survivor of a 2007 bout with prostate cancer.

    He also called himself one of the altar boys victimized by the Rev. James Porter, a convicted pedophile priest who died in prison in 2005. As the case was moving through the courts in the early 1990s, Robitaille said: “James Porter robbed me of my happiness and innocence as a child … He caused me to lose faith in God and myself. I remember many a day coming home from school, laying on my bed, staring at the ceiling and wondering why I felt so worthless.”

    On Tuesday, Robitaille said he signed a non-disclosure agreement that bars him from talking about his reported $49,000 share of the settlement with the church. But he described himself as a Catholic who no longer attends church regularly, and he said: “I became a survivor, and now I am at peace with myself and the church.”John F. Robitaille, 61

    RESIDENCE: Portsmouth

    OFFICE SOUGHT: Republican candidate for governor 2010

    EXPERIENCE: Communications director for Governor Carcieri

    EDUCATION: B.S. in business management, Providence College 1970; M.S. in human resource management, University of Utah, 1976

    FAMILY: Married to Lynda Adams Robitaille; four daughters, Kerry Weber, Kelly Hass, Kristen Adams and the late Kim Robitaille


    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 6, 2010 | Reply

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