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A crowd gathered at the Community College of Rhode Island's main campus in Warwick on Thursday to hear former President Bill Clinton stump for his wife Hillary Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is widely expected to win Rhode Island later this month. But some local Republicans are not happy with the idea of Trump as their nominee.

John Bender / RIPR

The Democratic presidential campaigns opened new offices in the state Wednesday. The Bernie Sanders Campaign opened a field office in Wakefield. Hillary Clinton's campaign opened an office in Central Falls.

Both Democrats opened campaign offices in Providence last week, as Rhode Island's April 26 primary drew closer.

Meanwhile, a campaign office for Republican candidate, John Kasich held a grand opening in Warwick on Tuesday.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Today we continue our RhodyVotes ’16 coverage of Rhode Island’s presidential primary with the view from a senior center in Cranston. Our producer Sophie McKibben found Steve McCarthy and Al Roberto working on a jigsaw puzzle and feeling pretty negative about their representatives in Washington D.C. Roberto plans to vote for Donald Trump, but his friend Steve McCarthy remains undecided.

You can listen to the rest of our RhodyVotes ‘16 voter postcards here.

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Rhode Islanders have long supported Democrat Hillary Clinton. She won the 2008 primary against future President Barack Obama, but are residents ready to vote for her again?

John Bender / RIPR

State lawmakers and local supporters showed up Thursday for the opening of the Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters in Providence. Many of the state’s Democratic leadership, including Governor Gina Raimondo are backing the former Secretary of State.

Warwick resident Justine Lutzel-Caldwell voted for Clinton in 2008 and favors her positions on women’s health.

Courtesy Whitehouse press office

  U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is backing Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Garland met with Whitehouse Wednesday. Garland is making his customary rounds, meeting with members of Congress as he seeks the judgeship.

Garland faces opposition from Republican lawmakers who say they will not allow his confirmation to proceed.

Whitehouse said he’s working to ensure that Republican members of Congress will properly vet Garland.

Katherine Doherty

The presidential primary comes to Rhode Island in a little more than two weeks. As part of our RhodyVotes '16 coverage of this year’s election, we’re listening to what voters have to say across the state. Our producer Katherine Doherty found a range of views when she spoke to residents in Warwick. 

John Bender / RIPR

As Bernie Sanders looks to seize momentum from front-runner Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, a dedicated, grassroots following has already sprung up around him in the Ocean State. 

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Local voters will go to the polls in a little more than three weeks, on April 26. As part of our RhodyVotes ’16 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis went looking for answers about how and why Trump zipped to the front of the local Republican presidential field.

David Cicilline

Rhode Island’s 1st District Congressman David Cicilline returned earlier this week from a visit to Cuba. 

It’s been a wild and wooly year in presidential politics – and there’s still a long way to go until November.

The unexpected success of Donald Trump has delighted his supporters, and alarmed his critics. On the Democratic side of the race, Bernie Sanders has also exceeded expectations. Trump and Sanders have capitalized on Americans’ economic frustration, and many voters remain angry as we move closer to the general election.

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Democrat Bernie Sanders beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by double digits in the New Hampshire primary, and Donald Trump was the big Republican winner, an outcome that was expected but left other Republican candidates vying for second place. 

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci was laid to rest Monday. Scores of people turned out for Cianci’s funeral. Cianci died January 28th at age 74.

A one-time political foe who became a close friend of Buddy Cianci, former mayor Joe Palino, delivered Cianci’s eulogy at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Paolino says Cianci showed remarkable resilience in his life.

“Every time he suffered a tragedy, trials, tribulations or tears, he got back up,” said Paolino. “He had the tenacity to go against the establishment when it was necessary. He wanted to define himself.”

John Bender / RIPR

Voters head to the polls in New Hampshire Tuesday to pick presidential candidates in the New Hampshire primary. Dozens of Rhode Islanders have been trekking to the Granite State to help candidates from both parties make their case.

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