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Rhode Island Governor’s Race Field Taking Form

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Donald L. Carcieri

Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri , a Republican, is term-limited. Democrats are targeting the 2010 race for his open seat in a state that, in most elections, is a Democratic stronghold.

Now the Democrats’ field for the September 2010 primary — which had been developing quite slowly — is starting to come into focus. State Attorney General Patrick Lynch and Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts both have moved in recent weeks toward launching their expected candidacies to succeed Carcieri.  

Roberts has begun to assemble a team of campaign consultants. The roster includes Joe Slade White, a media consultant whose clients have included Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and oilman T. Boone Pickens, who has launched a campaign advocating alternative energy; and Seth Klaiman, former finance director to Sen. Jack Reed, another Rhode Island Democrat. She has also launched a new Web site, Elizabeth Roberts for Rhode Island .