Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has notified senior Democratic Party officials that he intends to switch his party registration and join the Democratic Party, multiple sources familiar with Chafee’s decision told POLITICO.
Chafee, a former GOP senator elected as an independent in 2010, has struggled with low approval ratings. He also faces a difficult reelection fight in 2014.
But the ex-Republican campaigned for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and earned praise from Obama during his third-party bid for governor in 2010.
He ultimately won a three-way race with 36 percent of the vote.
Chafee “absolutely intends to switch his party registration” ahead of 2014, one national Democrat said.