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Red Rhode Island 

Republicans are feeling bullish even in the bluest places. Just look at Rhode Island. Democrats have controlled the 2nd Congressional District for 30 years. Biden won the district by roughly 14 points in 2020. So why do Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball say the race is a tossup?

Meet Allan Fung, the former mayor of Cranston who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Rhode Island in 2014 and 2018. Election analysts say Fung’s centrist platform makes him a strong candidate for the open seat—and he’s up by 8 points in a recent poll. Fung has also locked in financial support from the Kevin McCarthy-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund. Chris Christie just finished a campaign swing through the district to tout Fung’s record.

Fung says Democrats have struggled to tie him to the rest of the GOP. “Whether it’s abortion, guns, economy, everything, I don’t fit their narrative,” Fung recently told Politico.

Of course, Rhode Island isn’t the only blue spot that could turn red. Republicans are drooling over the prospect of unseating Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Sean Patrick Maloney in New York. But more on this ongoing saga next week …

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