Rhode Island prepares for unpredictable primary

By Matt O’Brien, Associated Press


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ It’s not just Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders who will be fighting to win over Rhode Island’s Democrats on Tuesday.

Supporters of GOP candidate Donald Trump say they’re hoping he picks up unaffiliated voters who traditionally vote for Democrats.

Of the five states holding April 26 primaries, Rhode Island is the only one that lets independent voters choose to participate in either party’s contest on Election Day.

And while Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state, independents are the biggest group; more than half the electorate.

Hillary Clinton handily beat Barack Obama in the state’s 2008 Democratic primary but experts say she might have a tougher contest against Sanders this year.

Rhode Island will send 19 GOP delegates and 33 Democratic delegates to the party conventions in July.

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