On October 28, Ken Block, founder of the Moderate Party of Rhode Island, re-registered as a Republican. He will seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2014. In 2010, Block was the Moderate Party’s gubernatorial nominee, and he polled 6.47%, giving the party ballot status through 2014. Although the Moderate Party will still be on the ballot in 2014, without Block, it probably won’t survive beyond 2014.
The party’s biggest achievement was probably winning a ballot access lawsuit that struck down a Rhode Island law that made it illegal for anyone to circulate the party petition during an odd year. The party also tried very hard to persuade the 2013 session of the legislature to abolish the straight-ticket device. Even though the party persuaded a majority of Rhode Island state legislators to support that bill, the bill didn’t pass because the Speaker of the House blocked it.