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Publication Date: February 2001

Publisher(s): National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)

Author(s): Sara Marino

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Type: Report

Coverage: Rhode Island


In addition to five statewide races, the entire Legislature, which comprises 100 House seats and 50 Senate seats, was up for election. The attorney general and treasurer races were open as were 14 House and four Senate seats. The treasurer race was left open when former Treasurer Nancy Mayer ran for the attorney generals office, but lost to Sheldon Whitehouse in his first bid for an elected office. All statewide races were contested, although just 53 percent of the legislative races had more than one candidate running. Additionally, in 22 of the contested legislative races, only one of the candidates actually raised money.