Matt Brown brings his progressive politics to race for RI governor

Former Secretary of State Matt Brown is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

PROVIDENCE – It’s hard not to see Matt Brown as an underdog in the Democratic primary for Rhode Island governor. 

Applying that label to someone who’s held statewide office before and run previous campaigns for the U.S. Senate (albeit long ago and short-lived) – and more recently, a campaign for governor – should feel counterintuitive. But the numbers confirm that the onetime Rhode Island secretary of state, who’s running on a progressive platform, trails his three more centrist rivals in the crowded field. 

In the three polls released so far, Brown has never pulled more than 8% of the vote. Gov. Dan McKee and Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, the leaders throughout the race, have garnered at least 20% in all three polls, while former CVS executive Helena Foulkes, a political newcomer, has seen her share climb into the teens.

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