New York Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long predicts that Donald Trump would make his state “very competitive” in the fall.
“He’s running extremely well in Suffolk and Nassau Counties and upstate,” Long told me, citing “privilege polling” he had recently seen. “There’s a revolution against politics as usual taking place and, while winning New York is difficult for any Republican, Donald Trump is making it competitive.
"In so doing, he can change the dynamics of the election this November.”
Long underscored that support for Trump was “overwhelming” among the party’s 287-member state committee.
With New York one of the five states in which candidates can appear on multiple ballot lines and have all of their votes counted in an aggregate total, the Conservatives are expected to officially “cross endorse” Trump at their state committee’s September meeting.
The state is also eyeing two important Republican primary contests for open U.S. House seats: the 19th District, in which former State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso rolled up nearly 70 percent of the vote, and the 22nd District, in which State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney emerged the winner in a three-candidate race with 42 percent of the vote.
Long was a pivotal player in the wins of Faso and Tenney, both of whom are stalwart conservatives. With Long’s strong encouragement, the Conservative Party gave its fall ballot line to Faso and Tenney.
“And in both races, this sent a clear message to rank and file Republicans as to who was the real conservative in the primary,” Long told us, “You might call our endorsement the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” of conservatism.”
Agreeing that both Faso and Tenney would succeed two far more moderate GOP U.S. Representatives (retiring Reps. Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna respectively), Long said that “the primary wins of John and Claudia gives us an opportunity to hold these open seats with Republicans who are far more conservative than the outgoing congressmen.
"The election of both would be a clear upgrade for conservatism.”
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.
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