Bill Clinton aims to win over Rhode Island voters for Hillary

Bill Clinton speaks at CCRI in Warwick. He was stumping for his wife, Hillary Clinton, ahead of RI's April 26 primary.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island’s presidential primary is a little less than two weeks away, but Hillary Clinton’s campaign is already laying the groundwork for what they hope will be a win in the Ocean State.

Former President Bill Clinton will be rallying supporters at an event at CCRI’s Warwick campus at 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., Clinton’s campaign said. Members of the public who want to attend were asked to RSVP online.

“President Clinton will attend a public event where he will discuss why Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to raise wages and break down all the barriers holding families back,” the campaign said in an email.

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The Clintons have previously had good fortune in Rhode Island. Clinton easily defeated Barack Obama in the state’s hard-fought 2008 Democratic presidential primary, even as Obama was well on his way to winning the nomination and the presidency, and Bill Clinton won the state in both 1992 and 1996.

Clinton has established a significant lead in delegates over her rival Bernie Sanders but continues to face a spirited challenge from him, with Sanders winning eight of the last nine primary or caucus contests. Clinton won a narrow victory over Sanders last month in the Massachusetts primary, during which Bill Clinton drew large crowds in Taunton and New Bedford.

Both the Clinton and Sanders campaigns recently opened offices in Providence and went on the air with TV ads in Rhode Island over the weekend. All nine of Rhode Island’s “superdelegates” are already backing Clinton, but 24 more delegates are up for grabs in the primary.

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