Almost 200 qualify to run as RI delegates

This just in, from the office of Secretary of State Ralph Mollis:

The secretary of state’s office has certified that 184 people had collected the 150 signatures of eligible Rhode Island voters necessary to appear on the March 4 presidential primary ballot. Two-hundred-and-fifty-three Rhode Islanders had filed the necessary paperwork with the secretary of state’s office to run for delegate.


Among the prominent Rhode Islanders who qualified to run are Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian as a Rudy Giuliani delegate, Governor Carcieri as a Mitt Romney delegate, former Lt. Gov. Charlie Fogarty as a Barack Obama delegate, former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino as a Hillary Clinton delegate and House Minority Leader Bob Watson as a John McCain delegate.


Among the Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton led the way with 31 Rhode Islanders competing to represent her at the convention Aug. 25-28 in Denver, Colo. Republican Mike Huckabee led all candidates with 41 certified delegates hoping to go to the Republican convention Sept. 1-4 in St. Paul, Minn.


Voters will elect 13 delegates and 3 alternatives to the Democratic convention and 17 delegates and 17 alternates to the Republican convention.


The next milestone in the state’s presidential primary calendar is Feb. 1, when Mollis will hold a public lottery at the State House to determine the order in which the presidential and delegate candidates will appear on the Democratic and Republican ballots.


Feb. 2 is the deadline for registering to vote in the March 4 primary. You must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of Rhode Island and have a valid social security number or Rhode Island driver’s license.

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