Rhode Island’s primaries are technically closed, but it’s easy for a non-Democrat to register as one just for the election and then switch back to being an independent or registered with the GOP or Moderate Party.
But Rhode Island will still be difficult for Sanders. Hillary Clinton (site as yet unfixed) and John Kasich (at Bryant University in Smithfield) are both due to arrive here on Saturday.
Trump’s campaign in RI is always hopeful that their man will come here, but he may only venture as close as Connecticut. Security problems are cited, not that RI has a particularly large minority population, but a quarter of Providence’s residents are college students, and over half are minority (Asian, Hispanic. Caribbean, African and Afro-American).
Sanders would be smart to come here (as Barack Obama did on the Saturday before primary day in 2008, filling a hall at RI College and drawing just as many outside on a bleak, rainy day in March). But I’m not sure he will.
Even closed primaries in Delaware and Maryland might work for Sanders (he did take Oklahoma of all places, although I think in caucuses), but I fear that Pennsylvania might just complete his sweep of failure across the southern band of the Rust Belt from Missouri to Illinois to Ohio to New York (while he took the Upper Midwest)….
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