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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Rhode Island

Key facts
Population: 990,225 (ranked 43 among states)
Governor: Lincoln C. Almond (R)
Electoral College votes: 4
Despite the election of a Republican governor in 1994, in presidential elections this tiny state is predictably Democratic.

Between 1940 and 1980, Rhode Island did not elect a single Republican congressman and in 1996 Bill Clinton won 60% of the vote. Democrats have made a platform on education, the environment and social issues, but Republicans have gained support through anti-corruption campaigns.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 2 Democrats
Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
Rhode Island can be driven through in 45 minutes despite containing a 400 mile coastline that winds along the Atlantic to Connecticut.

The state is home to relaxed academic and artistic communities such as Providence as well as districts such as Newport, a place that for decades has been a playground for America's elite.

Voting record
1996: Clinton 60%, Dole 27%, Perot 11%
1992: Clinton 47%, Bush 29%, Perot 23%
1988: Dukakis 56%, Bush 44%
The 2nd District is where most of Rhode Island's industry is located, industries that are switching from manufacturing to service. It is also home to many working-class towns.

Rhode Island suffered badly from the recession of the early 1990s and the state's population has continued to sink. But this has not altered Rhode Island's political complexion.

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