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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder presents his third state budget before the state Legislature in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. The governor proposed a $50.9 billion budget that would raise state gas taxes and vehicle fees, expand Medicaid to more uninsured adults and double the number of 4-year-olds in a preschool program for at-risk kids. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) | AP/Carlos Osorio

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee's decision to switch from independent to Democrat effectively handed Democrats their 20th governorship.

It also means they likely have one less seat to contest - at least the way things look now.
The dirty little secret about Chafee's party switch is that it may not help Chafee much, but it is very likely to help his new party. He's set to face a primary with state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, or both, and assuming someone not named Chafee wins - a strong possibility given the governor's terrible numbers - Democrats will be heavy favorites to hold the seat.

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