PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Senator Sheldon Whitehouse spent his Saturday with hundreds of Rhode Island veterans in Pawtucket.
With primary election day just four months away, Eyewitness News asked how he feels about the possibility of another Senate challenger.
“You know we will take on all comers and we welcome all points of view, but my focus has been on things like this, making sure that I’m paying attention to Rhode Island veterans,” says Senator Whitehouse. He added that “it’s very likely” he could face former Governor Lincoln Chafee.
In late April, Chafee cited our recent Eyewitness News/Roger Williams University poll as one of the reasons he’s considered a run against Whitehouse.
The survey showed 46% of voters think Whitehouse is doing an excellent or good job.
“The poll results jumped off the page,” said Chafee. “Senator Whitehouse just doesn’t have solid support, according to that poll here in Rhode Island.”
Chafee was elected to the US Senate as a Republican back in 2000. He says if he does decide to run again, he’ll do so as a Democrat.
Whitehouse has held this seat for more than a decade. He defeated Chafee two terms ago in 2006.
When Whitehouse was asked if he was confident he could beat Chafee again, he responded “Well we’ll see, that’s the choice that people of Rhode Island will make but I’m certainly going to work very hard to earn their confidence.”
Chafee says he may need more time to decide if he wants to run for the Senate, saying he may take weeks to make up his mind.