Romney, Obama win RI primaries, York, Miller, Fung, Robitaille lead in delegates
Former state Sen. and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Myrth York led in national convention delegate balloting on the Democratic side in the 1st Congressional District and State Sen. Joshua Miller, D_Cranston jumped out to a lead in 2nd district balloting with 53 percent of Rhode Island’s presidential primary returns tallied.
For Republicans, 2010 gubernatorial nominee John Robitaille held a lead among 1st CD convention delegates and Cranston Mayor Alan Fung led in thr 2nd CD. Both Robitaille and Fung are pledged to Mitt Romney.
Libertarian Ron Paul appeared to be beating the 15 percent threshold he needs to claim convention delegates. With half the state vote tallied, Paul had about 25 percent of the GOP vote.Of the five states voting today, Rhode Island is the lone GOP state that awards delegates on a proportional basis, rather than by the winner-take-all system.
Voter turn-out was paltry on both the GOP and Democratic primaries. With President Obama the lone candidate on the Democratic ballot, there was no contest, except for delegates. And because Romney is the putative Republican nominee, there was not much action on the Republican ballot.