Endorsements still matter in R.I.

GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO secured the endorsement of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO for the November gubernatorial election./ PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO secured the endorsement of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO for the November gubernatorial election. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
The value of the union endorsement may not be what it was in the 1950s, when union membership was stronger in Rhode Island and when information about candidates was less available. But candidates for statewide office still court these endorsements, which can mean an infusion of campaign contributions, as well as at least the potential…

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