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NY Rubio Backers Turn to Cruz, Kasich

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Friday, 08 Apr 2016 11:59 AM Current | Bio | Archive

With New York’s Republican presidential primary less than two weeks away, there is growing evidence that the outcome on April 19 may be determined by supporters of a candidate who is no longer in the race: Marco Rubio.

Once considered the Republican Party’s brightest star, Florida Sen. Rubio left the presidential race March 15 following a dismal defeat in his home state’s primary. But in other states where national convention delegates had yet to be chosen, Rubio had a large and fervent following.

Last year, New York was considered prime Rubio country. After his own brief presidential run collapsed, former three-term Gov. George Pataki strongly backed Rubio.

Team Rubio also scored a major coup with the announcement that State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis of Staten Island, considered one of the brightest GOP stars in the Empire State, had signed on as chair of the Floridian’s New York campaign. Other legislators and Republican county chairmen followed Malliotakis and signed on with Rubio.

“I have to be honest,” Malliotakis told me Thursday after emerging from a private meeting with Cruz in Brighton Beach, New York, “Right now, I’m trying to decide myself which of the three remaining candidates I like. But I may not make any endorsement. Marco meant a lot to me as candidate.”

Mallotakis said she had a “good discussion” with Cruz at their meeting focusing on how New York City officials frustrate efforts to deal with illegal immigrants. In her words, the administration of Mayor Bill DeBlasio “ties the hands of the New York Police Department” when it tries to handle the problems with illegal immigrants.

“I liked Ted Cruz and what he had to say, and I like things about all three of the candidates who are left,” she said, adding that she planned to meet John Kasich later that day at a rally he was holding in New York City.

Some formerly considered in the Rubio camp have gone elsewhere. Long Island Assemblymen Andy Raia, Andrew Garberino, and Chad Lupinacci are now all actively working for Kasich. Two Republican county chairmen formerly considered Rubio backers, Rodney Strange of Chemung County and Christine Benedict of Albany County, are now on the “Trump Train.”

Under the complex rules for the New York primary, each of the state’s 27 U.S. House districts elect three delegates to the national convention for a total of 81. The top vote-getter statewide gets an additional 14 at-large delegates.

Should a candidate carry a district with more than 50 percent of the vote, he or she would get all three delegates. But should a candidate carry a district with less than a majority, he or she will be awarded two delegates and the third will go to the runner-up.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.
 

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