- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Board of Elections is allowing the Moderate Party to replace its original gubernatorial candidate with the Cool Moose Party founder over the objections of the state GOP.

The board ruled 4-1 on Wednesday that Robert Healey may replace James Spooner on the Nov. 4 ballot. The state Republican Party this week filed an objection to the 11th hour replacement, saying it was concerned the legitimate electoral process for nominating a candidate was circumvented.

The Moderate Party told the secretary of state’s office last week Spooner couldn’t run for health reasons.

Healey has run for governor and lieutenant governor several times for the Cool Moose Party. In 2010, he got 39 percent of the vote in the lieutenant governor’s race.

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