RI sees string of high-profile politicians ahead of Nov. election

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island has been a magnet for the country’s top political powerhouses as November’s general election inches ever closer.

On Friday, Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung got support from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“This is my first visit. I’m going to have more visits to Rhode Island between now and election day,” Christie said.

Christie’s visit marks the latest in a string of high-profile politicians making a stop in the Ocean State. In late August, Pres. Obama made his pitch to donors in Newport, rallying support and money for the Democrats. It was also announced Friday that Obama would make his return to Rhode Island next Thursday.

While Obama didn’t back a specific candidate in next month’s election – former President Bill Clinton did. This summer he endorsed Democratic candidate Seth Magaziner in the race for general treasurer.

Pres. Clinton’s wife and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is expected to be coming to Rhode Island in the near future to push for Fung’s Democratic opponent, Gina Raimondo. Politico in Washington is reporting Clinton will stump for Raimondo later this month.

Before that happens, former Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney will be the headliner at a Fung fundraiser in Providence next week.

In response to Christie’s visit Friday, leaders of the Rhode Island Democratic Party point to his controversial past – saying his outbursts and Bridgegate scandal are apparently something Fung wants to emulate.

The general election is Nov. 4.

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