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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

RHODE ISLAND

Race Summary

Governor    (566 of 566 precincts reporting)
York (D) 42%     Almond (R) * 51%     Healey (I) 7%    
House 01    (261 of 261 precincts reporting)
Kennedy (D) * 68%     Santa (R) 28%    
House 02    (305 of 305 precincts reporting)
Weygand (D) * 73%     Matson (R) 25%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:40 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

GOVERNOR: Gov. Lincoln Almond (R), first elected in 1994, is seeking a second term; Democrat and 1994 gubernatorial contender Myrth York is his challenger. Cool Moose Party candidate Robert Healey is also running again this year.
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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1998 POLLS

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POLL HOURS

Polls open between 7 a.m. ET and 9 a.m. ET (times vary by city and town)
All polls close at 9 p.m. ET


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Sen. John Chafee (R), first elected 1976; next election in 2000.
Sen. Jack Reed (D), first elected 1996; next election in 2002.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (East; part of Providence; Pawtucket; Newport):
    Patrick Kennedy (inc.) (D); Ronald G. Santa (R)
  • CD2 (West; western Providence; Warwick):
    Bob Weygand (inc.) (D); John O. Matson (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    September 15

    Primary Results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    June 24


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 3


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
    U.S. House of Representatives: 2 Democrats
    State Senate: 41 Democrats, 9 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 84 Democrats, 16 Republicans


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: All 50 seats up
    House: All 100 seats up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    None

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 751,000 (1996)
    Registered Voters: (6/23/98) 606,430


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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    4


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Clinton won in 1996; Clinton in 1992; Dukakis in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Carter in 1980; Carter in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Humphrey in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Kennedy in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1996

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Clinton 60%
    Dole 27%
    Perot 11%
    Other 2%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Clinton 47%
    Bush 29%
    Perot 23.2%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Dukakis 56%
    Bush 44%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan 52%
    Mondale 48%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Carter 48%
    Reagan 37%
    Anderson 14%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 990,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 93.7%
    African American: 3.8%
    Asian:
    Native American:
    Other/Undeclared: 2.4%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 4.8% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Providence
    State Nicknames: The Ocean State, Little Rhody

    "Little Rhody" may be the smallest state, but it doesn't lack character. Once a haven for political refugees from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the free spirit survived the Revolution and Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 states to join the new Union. Rhode Island is heavily urban, Catholic and ethnic. The state frequently is compared with its larger northern neighbor, Massachusetts, and gives that state's candidates a friendly reception. Rhode Island is considered to be one of the most Democratic states in presidential politics. Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy is the youngest member of Congress and was first elected to public office at a younger age than any other member of the Kennedy family.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Rhode Island Secretary of State
    http://www.sec.state.ri.us/
    Rhode Island Office of Elections
    http://www.sec.state.ri.us/submenus/rielclnk.htm
    Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Almond's Home Page
    http://www.state.ri.us/manual/data/queries/gen_.idc?EmployeeID=2
    Rhode Island State Senate
    http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/senate.html
    Rhode Island State House of Representatives
    http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/hofrep.html

    News Media:

    CNN Affiliates

    WPRI (Providence)
    http://www.wpri.com

    State Newspapers

    Providence Journal-Bulletin
    http://www.projo.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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