RI could join Northeast presidential primary

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island may become the fourth state in a Northeast regional presidential primary.

The state Senate will vote on a bill that would move Rhode Island's presidential primary from March 6th to April 24th.

That would have Rhode Island voters going to the polls the same day as voters in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania.

The bill was offered by Secretary of State Ralph Mollis. His spokesman, Chris Barnett, says joining a regional primary would make Rhode Island more meaningful in the presidential selection process.

"It makes it more likely that candidates will visit Rhode Island," he says. "We think that has some economic development potential in campaign spending on advertising and rental cars and catering."

The House approved the bill on a vote of 71 to 1.

The Senate is expected to approve it as well.

Governor Lincoln Chafee has not taken a position on it.

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