WILL A WEDNESDAY PRIMARY BE CONFUSING?

posted by Ron St. Pierre - 

A trifecta of things could impact the turnout in Wednesday's primary. First the primary's been pushed back to Wednesday because of the Jewish holiday. That's the first time in 30 years our primary moves to hump day. Secondly, the lack of debates resulted in less media attention on the races. Lastly, there's been very little excitement about phase one of the SILLY SEASON. I guess that can attributed to number two. The last time Rhode Islanders went to the polls on a Wednesday for a statewide election was 1988 when Bruce Sundlun beat under dog Peter van Daam for the Democratic nomination while there was no competitive  primary for governor that year according to the Pro-Jo. Talk about a yawner. Pollster Joe Fleming told me he thinks the Democratic primary could turn out 130-thousand while the GOP primary will be lucky to see 25 to 30 thousand. Those numbers are comparable to four years ago. That 1988 yawner only brought out 75,393 democrats. It's your constitutional right, so get out there and vote Wednesday. If you don't vote, I revoke your license to complain.  

Ron St. Pierre

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