“The new Boston Globe/Suffolk University survey of 422 likely voters in the 2nd District finds Fung at 45% and Democrat Seth Magaziner at 37%”
We recently noted how amazing it is that Republican Allan Fung is leading a Congressional race in blue Rhode Island. Now there’s new polling available, and Fung has actually increased his lead.
This is exciting news. Could it actually happen?
WPRI News reports:
New poll gives Fung wider edge in RI race for Congress
A new poll has found Republican Allan Fung with a lead outside the margin of error for the first time in the race for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District, buoying GOP hopes of picking up a blue-state seat next month.
The new Boston Globe/Suffolk University survey of 422 likely voters in the 2nd District finds Fung at 45% and Democrat Seth Magaziner at 37%, with 13% undecided and 5% backing independent William Gilbert, who will appear on the ballot as “Moderate.”
The 8-point lead for Fung in the new survey confirms the findings of last week’s 12 News/Roger Williams University poll, which showed Fung leading Magaziner by a similar margin of 6 points. The results have increased the alarm among Democrats that they could lose a seat they’ve held for years, due to the retirement of 11-term incumbent Jim Langevin.
Even FOX News has taken notice of the story:
Meet the Chinese-American Republican who may make history by flipping a deep blue seat this November
As he aims to do what no Republican has done in more than three decades, Allan Fung highlights his independence from GOP leadership.
“I’m a Republican yes, but most importantly I’m going to go down to Washington, D.C., to vote with the people of the state of Rhode Island and vote their values and be a voice for them,” Fung pledged in a Fox News interview as he campaigned at the annual Scituate Art Festival in the northwest corner of this southern New England state.
Fung is the former longtime mayor of Cranston – the state’s second-largest city – who made history as the first mayor of Chinese ancestry in Rhode Island. He was also the state’s 2014 and 2018 GOP gubernatorial nominee…
The latest sign Fung may be successful in flipping the seat – a Suffolk University poll for the Boston Globe released on Tuesday indicated the GOP nominee with an eight-point lead over Democratic State Treasurer Seth Magaziner, in the race to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin, who’s held the seat for over two decades.
Let’s just hope that Rhode Island has dealt with its counting problem. You may not have heard, but the census overcounted people in the state by over 50,000 people.
WPRI News reported in May:
RI overcounted population in 2020 census, federal study finds
It turns out the surprisingly high census count that allowed Rhode Island to keep two U.S. House seats may not have been accurate.
A study released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau identified Rhode Island as one of eight states that were overcounted in the 2020 census, which will be used for the next decade to allocate congressional seats and federal money.
Rhode Island was overcounted by 5.05% or roughly 55,000 residents, according to the Census Bureau, ranking after Hawaii and Delaware for the third-highest overcount in the nation. Massachusetts was also overcounted, by 2.24%.
Finally, here’s an interesting endorsement. The actor James Woods grew up in Rhode Island and apparently is a Fung fan. How do you like that?
I don’t usually get involved in local politics in RI, but @AllanFungRI has been a devoted servant to our beloved state and its citizens for years. Forget political affiliations and vote for a good man. I guarantee Allan Fung will serve Rhode Island well. #FungForCongress https://t.co/C0T9PjOe40
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 11, 2022
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