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The no-drama presidential primary parties tonight

April 24, 2012

There isn’t much suspense in today’s Rhode Island Republican and Democratic presidential primaries. About the only element anyone cares about is which party activists will win delegate slots to the Democratic and National Conventions. (Democrats in Charlotte; Republicans in Tampa).

Mitt Romney has wrapped up the GOP nomination and President Obama is unopposed on the Democratic side.

For Republicans, the only real item of interest is whether one of the other candidates on the ballot, notably Texas Congressman and libertarian hero Ron Paul can hit the 15 percent vote threshold needed to claim at least one convention delegate. Other GOP names on the ballot are Rick Santorum, Buddy Roemer, and Newt Gingrich.

The lack of contests won’t stop the party faithful from gathering. The Democratic Party is meeting at McFadden’s tavern on Pine Street in downtown Providence beginning at 8 p.m.

Republicans will gather at a Young Republican event at the Temple Lounge at the Renaissance Hotel nest to the State House in Providence. Former Gov. Donald Carcieri, a Romney stalwart, will attend. It begins at 7 p.m.

Ron Paul supporters will meet at Long Shots bar on Providence Street in West Warwick. And Republican town committees in Westerly and Smithfield are sponsoring primary watching events. The Westerly party will be at Malted Barley on High Street and the Smithfield gathering is at Tony’s Pizza Palace on Pleasant Avenue. The festivities begin in Smithfield at 5 p.m. and at 7 p.m. in Westerly.



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