Independents May Play Key Role in Rhode Island
Rhode Island holds its primary March 4. It's another state with an open primary, meaning Independents can vote in the Democratic contest.
This may not bode well for Hillary Clinton, even though recent polls have her ahead of Barack Obama in the state (poll results here (pdf)) and the Clintons are very popular in the state. There's been a surge in voter registrations..
About 6,800 of the voters who registered in the last four months are Democrats, 1,900 are Republicans and 12,000 are independents, who can vote in either party's primary.
The new voters this year are also young voters. About 20,000 are between the ages of 18 and 29, the Journal reported.
Rhode Island has 21 delegates. Hillary will campaign there Feb. 24. It's true that Independents and young voters tend to favor Obama. But, this statement by an Obama organizer at Brown University is just silly:
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