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Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Rhode Island GOP Sen. defeated despite 63% approval
(CNN) -- Even though Rhode Islanders like incumbent Rhode Island GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee, they showed an intense dislike of President Bush, the national Republican Party, and the war in Iraq.

Rhode Islanders like Chafee personally, but they voted nationally, not locally.

63% of all Rhode Island voters want Democrats to control the Senate, and these voters went for Sheldon Whitehouse (D), 78% to 22%.

62% of Rhode Islanders approve of Chafee's job performance, but these voters supported Chafee by only a 28-point margin tonight (66% to 34%).

Among the 36% of Rhode Islanders who disapprove of Chafee's job performance, Chafee lost to Whitehouse by 76% points (88% to 12%).
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