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Rhode Islanders’ for Marco Rubio for President group forms

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As Barack Obama proved in 2008, it clearly pays to campaign in as many states as possible in a contested primary.

So while the political campaigns are centered on early voting states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the Providence Journal reported today that a Rhode Islanders’ for Marco Rubio for President group has been formed.

The paper reports that it will be chaired by Gary Sasse, a one-time top aide in the administration of former Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri, and marks the first Republican candidate to form an organized campaign in Rhode Island.

In a statement Sasse said, “I, and my fellow committee members, are excited to endorse Marco Rubio for president today. Senator Rubio is an outstanding leader and a compelling communicator of our shared principles who can unite our nation and party. His policies for economic development and education will benefit all Rhode Island families. We look forward to recruiting additional supporters and organizing on his behalf in Rhode Island in the months ahead.”

The Rhode Island Republican presidential primary takes place on April 26, with 19 delegates at stake.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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