PROVIDENCE, R.I. (The Providence Journal Editorial Board) — Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee, no fan of Ms. Raimondo, stunned everybody by expressing an interest in running in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, not for governor. That’s one less headache for the governor, and one more for incumbent Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat who already potentially faces a reasonably strong Republican challenger in former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Flanders.
Sheldon Whitehouse is holding onto a big fundraising lead in his Senate re-election bid. The incumbent Democrat’s campaign reports he ended the first quarter with $3.1 million on hand, after raising about $600,000. Republican challenger Bob Flanders was sitting on more than $400,000 after raising about $230,000, which his spokeswoman said shows Flanders is “building the war chest required to give Sheldon Whitehouse the first true fight he’s ever had.” Numbers for the other Republican contender, Bobby Nardolillo, were not yet available Friday night.