One has to be careful with the numbers floating around — whether they are exit polls, internal poll numbers, and the like — but an insider in the Chafee machine just conveyed to me that Senator Lincoln Chafee has been polling 6 points higher than Sheldon Whitehouse in their internal numbers.
We will know if this turns out to be true in a few hours, but if so, then there are two potential explanations.
First, the Republicans nationwide may have really surged from the depths. Alternatively, Chafee — individually — is being seen as someone distinct and different from the George W. Bush machine.
More to come.
— Steve Clemons