Joe Fleming on Carcieri’s runoff idea

I asked our Eyewitness News political analyst Joe Fleming what he thought about Gov. Carcieri’s suggestion that Rhode Island should consider adopting runoff elections after Lincoln Chafee won the governor’s office with only 36% of the vote.

“I believe this election was the exception,” Fleming told me in an e-mail. “In most years, a third candidate would only get about 5% of the vote. I do not see this happening very often. … You very seldom get three candidates that all can draw a large number of votes.”

And, he added, “I do not think the General Assembly would be in favor of such an idea.”

You can catch Tim White’s report with Carcieri’s thoughts on runoffs and a potential Senate bid in 2012 during tonight’s 6 p.m. newscast.

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