CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - There are no official candidates in the 2010 Rhode Islandgovernor’s race yet, but the fundraising race is heatingup.
State General Treasurer Frank Caprio leads all hopefuls with$1.2 million. Attorney General Patrick Lynch is No. 2 with$500,000, and Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts is third with $300,000.All three are Democrats.
Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee created an exploratory committeelast week, which allows him to begin fundraising for a possible runas an independent. Republican state Rep. Joe Trillo of Warwick isanother possible contender.
The winner of the November 2010 election will replace RepublicanGov. Don Carcieri, who can’t seek re-election because of termlimits.
Experts say it takes $2 million to $3 million to win theelection.
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