Internal Poll Shows Republican 15 Points Ahead of Dem Congressional Opponent in Rhode Island

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Former Cranston, Rhode Island, Mayor Allan Fung is crushing expectations in the race for the state’s Second Congressional District, according to multiple polls, which will be decided in this November’s midterm elections.


An internal poll from the moderate Republican shows him with 50 percentage points; his likely Democratic challenger, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, garnered 35 percent. The poll conducted by AM Strategies in May was of likely voters, Breitbart reported.

While internal polls may show bias toward a specific candidate, these numbers are not far off from recent outside polling in the race. A Boston Globe/Suffolk University poll taken from June 19 to 22 shows Fung beating every possible Democrat, including Magaziner, at 44.9 percent to 38.5 percent.

President Joe Biden won Rhode Island with 59.7 percent of the vote in 2020, according to Politico.

The Second Congressional District has been Democrat-controlled since 1991, Newsweek noted. But Fung’s district is considered extremely competitive because the political environment heavily favors Republicans this November.

The Northeast is known for electing Democrats and some centrist Republicans, like Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. Although they are usually not considered the most conservative elected officials, people like Fung will be critical for Republicans when it comes to securing a solid House majority.


In 2018, Fung ran for governor against Gina Raimondo, who’s now the United States Secretary of Commerce. He only gained 37.3 percent of the vote, but the run arguably strengthen his name identification in the district.

While New England politics is a unique creature, Democrats are certainly going to be working around the clock to make sure that Fung is seen as too far-right for Rhode Island, but because he’s such a moderate they won’t likely succeed in branding him like that.


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