Providence - The majority of Rhode Island voters are undecided on the state’s Secretary of State’s race, according to the newly released WPRI/Providence Journal poll. “The big story is 57 percent of the voters said they don’t know who they’re voting for. This is another race that could come down to Election Day,” said WPRI pollster Joe Fleming. The Democratic primary includes former Deputy Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and Mr. Guillaume de Ramel.
“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 from a registered lobbyist and vendor to the Secretary of State’s office, doesn’t inspire confidence in voters.”
In August of 2006, Rhode Island College conducted a similar survey that showed Nellie Gorbea’s current opponent leading then-North Providence Mayor, Ralph Mollis in the race for Secretary of State by 10 percent. As we all know, Mr. Mollis went on to win the Democratic Primary for Secretary of State even though he was drastically outspent.
Rhode Island voters are looking for candidates who bring real experience and leadership to public office. Former Deputy Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea is the only candidate in this race with a record of achievement. As Rhode Island’s next Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea will ensure that elections are fair, fast and accurate, and will shine a light on those trying to influence government and help grow our state’s economy.