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Lincoln Chafee for President
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Campaign U.S. presidential election, 2016
Candidate Lincoln Chafee
Governor of Rhode Island (2011–2015)
U.S. Senator (1999–2007)
Affiliation Democratic Party
Status Announced: June 3, 2015
Suspended/Withdrew: October 23, 2015
Headquarters 1800 Post Road Unit 17B
Warwick, Rhode Island
Receipts US$392,743 (2015-06-30)
Slogan Fresh Ideas for America

The 2016 presidential campaign of Lincoln Chafee, the 74th Governor of Rhode Island, and former United States Senator from Rhode Island, was formally launched on June 3, 2015. His campaign for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election is his first campaign as a Democrat, after having previously been elected Senator as a Republican, and Governor as an Independent.


In the 2008 presidential election, he formally endorsed the Democratic nominee Barack Obama. In 2012, Chafee was one of 35 co-chairs selected to serve on President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

On April 9, 2015, Chafee announced that he had formed an exploratory committee in preparation for a potential candidacy for the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination. The following month, on May 29, it was confirmed that Chafee would announce his decision regarding a 2016 presidential bid on June 3.


Following a widely panned debate performance, poor polling numbers, and a poor fundraising campaign, Lincoln Chafee announced on October 23 that he would be suspending his campaign.


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