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Moderate Party loses its status as a party in Rhode Island

February 11, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Moderate Party is no longer recognized as a political party on Rhode Island ballots.

The Providence Journal reports that the state Board of Elections voted unanimously to remove it as a recognized party last week.

State law requires that the party receive 5 percent of the overall votes cast in the governor’s race to maintain its status.

Moderate Party Chairman William Gilbert received about 10,000 votes for governor in November, or 2.7 percent of the total. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo won re-election with 52.6 percent of votes cast.

Ken Block founded the party and ran for governor in 2010, then later switched to the Republican Party.

The elections board is notifying municipalities to inform approximately 4,000 people who were registered with the Moderate Party that they’re now unaffiliated.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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