If Guillaume de Ramel and Nellie Gorbea combined the support they each received in a new WPRI / Providence Journal poll, they’d still trail the undecided voters by a whopping 17 percent.
De Ramel pulled 27 percent support and Gorbea 13 percent. But with 57 percent of likely voters still undecided, anything can still happen. One thing that will happen is de Ramel will outspend Gorbea, and that will help him.
“Guillaume is running for Secretary of State to reform lobbying so something like 38 Studios never happens again, modernize the way Rhode Islanders vote to increase participation, and improve the business climate and help put Rhode Islanders back to work — and that message is resonating,” said his campaign manager David Hoffman.”
Gorbea campaign manager Rico Vota said he will be sending out a statement later tonight. (I’ll update this post if and when he does)
UPDATE: In an email this morning, Vota said the poll shows Gorbea is “well-positioned.”
He said: “Despite his unlimited ability and effort to outspend her, Ms. Gorbea’s opponent has not been able to make a compelling case to voters,” stated Gorbea campaign manager Rico Vota. “His lack of transparency in his financial dealings raise questions. His disregard for meeting the requirements of his own lobbying reform proposals – by accepting money for a registered lobbyist and vendor to the Secretary of State’s office, doesn’t inspire confidence in voters.”