What did RI think they would get electing Lincoln Chaffee Governor? Really, that's just awful. Lincoln Chaffee. Yuck.
The Missing Linc won only by a small plurality as the most left-wing candidate running of 3 candidates. The Republican and Democrat running (of whom the latter was offered to switch and run as a Republican) were both to the right of Chafee. He was a horrible Senator and is an even worse Governor.
These laws passing in RI & NY are telling in that this is happening in a part of the country that is rapidly becoming a backwater; they are bleeding population and jobs, but I’m sure they are gaining in one important area: the Muslim immigrants that will eventually overturn these laws (even if by force).