RI Republican Lt. Gov. Candidate to Drop Out

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Republican running for Rhode Island lieutenant governor is dropping out of the race, and an independent candidate who supports abolishing the office says she'll support him.

The Republican Party on Friday said candidate Heidi Rogers will make an announcement and appear at the Secretary of State's office at 3 p.m. Rogers and the party chairman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

But independent Bob Healey says she's withdrawing because their positions are in line and a three-way race with the Democrats would split the vote, allowing incumbent Democrat Elizabeth Roberts to win.

Healey has run for office several times on a platform of eliminating the office because it has been stripped of most constitutional duties. This year was the first time the Republican Party adopted his platform.

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