RI Presidential Primary

Hope Chris Barnett from the Secretary of State’s Office would like you to know:

Rhode Islanders will have a lot of choices when it comes to the state’s March 4 presidential primary. Ten Democrats and 10 Republicans filed Statements of Intent to compete for their party’s nomination by today’s 4 p.m. deadline.

The Republicans are Hugh Cort, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Alan Keyes, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson.

The Democrats are Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Ray Stebbins and Rosemary Turner.

This is the first time since 1952 that there isn’t an incumbent president or vice president in the race. That makes the 2008 primary more wide open than usual.

With 20 candidates in the mix, we should see a bump in turnout. After all, with this many names on the ballot, there ought be no shortage of candidates for Rhode Islanders to get excited about.

There is more info on the RI Secretary of State website.

1 thought on “RI Presidential Primary”

  1. Scott Bill Hirst

    Raymond Stebbins of Weymouth,Massachusetts filed in New Hampshire Democratic Primary for Vice President. That state requires a $1,000 filing fee to get on the ballot. But you can get on the ballot without it but it apparently is not the norm. This person filed as a Democrat for President here. I am a Republican BTW,. I noticed on a Democratic side Kenneth Capalbo of South Kingstown, a former Republican filed in the 2008 Democratic primary for President in N.H., but did not file for the ballot here in R.I.,. N.H., actually has a Vice Presidential race as well as Presidential Primary.Capalbo has run previously for President.
    Scott Bill Hirst

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