- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Latest on candidates running for the Rhode Island General Assembly (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Nearly 250 people are running for seats in Rhode Island’s 113-member legislature.

Wednesday was the deadline to declare candidacies ahead of fall elections.

A list provided by the Secretary of State’s office shows 245 candidates, but final numbers are still being collected from cities and towns where candidates filed paperwork.

About 20 incumbent Democrats face Democratic challengers in the September primary. Many of the challengers were inspired by Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, even as the U.S. senator from Vermont appears to be losing ground to opponent Hillary Clinton. Some were even involved in Sanders’ presidential campaign.

About 30 percent of seats are unopposed. Democrats hold most of the unopposed seats.

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4:30 p.m.

The Bernie Sanders movement is waning in the Democratic presidential race but is trickling into Rhode Island state politics as a slate of Sanders-inspired liberals is running to unseat incumbent Democrats in the General Assembly.

Wednesday ended the three-day period when Rhode Islanders could declare their candidacies ahead of the fall elections.

The group Rhode Island Progressive Democrats is endorsing 18 people seeking legislative seats, 12 for seats already held by Democrats. The group’s aim is to upend the state’s Democratic leadership, which it considers too conservative on issues including abortion and guns. Some of its candidates were involved in the campaign run by Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont. Other Sanders-inspired newcomers are running without the group’s endorsement.

Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by nearly 12 percentage points in the state’s April 26 primary.

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11:30 a.m.

The Bernie Sanders movement is waning in the Democratic presidential race but trickling into Rhode Island state politics as a slate of Sanders-inspired liberals is running to unseat incumbent Democrats in the General Assembly.

Wednesday ends the three-day period when Rhode Islanders can declare their candidacy ahead of the fall elections.

The group Rhode Island Progressive Democrats is so far endorsing 18 people seeking legislative seats; 12 for seats already held by Democrats. Their aim is to upend the state’s Democratic leadership, which they consider too conservative on issues ranging from abortion to guns. Some of their candidates were involved in the Sanders campaign. Other Sanders-inspired newcomers are running without the group’s endorsement.

Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by nearly 12 percentage points in the state’s April 26 primary.

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