Rhode Island Gov. Switches To Democratic Party


Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, currently an independent, intends to switch his party registration and join the Democratic Party, sources told Politico Wednesday.

Chafee, a former Republican senator, was elected governor as an independent in 2010, although he campaigned for President Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

The governor currently has low approval ratings and faces a tough reelection fight in 2014, with the mayor of Providence and the state treasurer already planning to duke it out with him for the Democratic nomination.