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2 Rhode Island lawmakers jockeying to replace Fox

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PROVIDENCE — Two legislators have emerged as candidates to replace Gordon Fox in arguably the most powerful position in Rhode Island government, and their viability was expected to be tested Sunday when House members met to discuss who has the votes to assume the speakership.

The caucus came a day after Fox relinquished the House speakership following twin raids at his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation. Officials will not say whom or what they are investigating.

House majority leader Nicholas Mattiello and Representative Michael Marcello, both Democrats, have each claimed they have enough votes to become House speaker. Mattiello called for a meeting of all House members Sunday night to declare whom they intend to support ahead of a formal vote expected Tuesday.

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