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High-Profile Democrat Steps Away From Rhode Island Race For Governor

Democrat Elizabeth Roberts, the lieutenant governor of Rhode Island, has decided to forgo the 2010 bid for governor that she had been mulling. Roberts will instead seek re-election to her current post.

“I want to thank all of my supporters and let them know that I will continue to work to turn the pages of politics as usual in Rhode Island,” said Roberts in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “I will continue to fight for quality health care for all; a stronger, more diverse Rhode Island economy; and honest, open and effective government.”

Roberts, by choosing to pass up the race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, thins a primary field that looked crowded with prominent Democratic officeholders. Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch and state Treasurer Frank Caprio are both expected to launch campaigns for the open seat.

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