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Chafee Watch

He’s going wobbly, in more ways than one:

Sen. Lincoln Chafee has lost ground among Republicans and faces a serious primary challenge from Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey in his battle for re-election, according to a Rhode Island College poll released Thursday.

Republicans favor Laffey by a margin of nearly 2-1, and he would win the party’s nomination if only they cast ballots in the primary, the poll by the college’s Bureau of Government Research and Service predicted. Even if a large number of unaffiliated voters, who favor Chafee, cast ballots in the Republican primary, the results would be too close to call.

The primary isn’t until September, but Chafee has a big decision to make next week, for reasons explained here

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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