2012 New York State Election Schedule
2012 Presidential Primary Election - April 24, 2012
2012 Federal Primary Election - June 26, 2012
2012 State & Local Primary Election - September 11, 2012
2012 General Election - November 6, 2012
The East Coast Showdown
April 22nd, 2012
On Tuesday, the three remaining Republican candidates will cross swords in five East Coast states’ presidential primaries, with a combined 231 delegates on offer in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware.
However, the three men will approach the contests with wildly differing agenda in the wake of Rick Santorum’s surprise decision to suspend his campaign two weeks ago.
Front runner Mitt Romney will be hoping to take advantage of his chief rival’s withdrawal to scoop up the majority of the delegates and draw closer to the magical 1,144 delegates mark needed to secure his candidacy. The former Massachusetts Governor has noticeably started to position himself as the party’s nominee and shifted his attention away from his two rivals to President Barack Obama in recent weeks, giving the air of a man who is confident of clinching the nomination.
On the other end of the spectrum, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will be aiming to take over the mantle of the conservative candidate and increase his tally of two primary wins - South Carolina Georgia. Failure to win at least one of the five states will most probably signal the end of his campaign, which is now running deep in the red. Recent filings with the Federal Election Commission reveal that his campaign is about $3.1 million in debt. There were even whispers that Gingrich might be pulling out of the race yesterday when his aides canceled an appearance scheduled in North Carolina next week only for his campaign to make a swift turnaround several hours later.
And then we have Ron Paul, the indefatigable Texas Congressman. On the face of it, his campaign has been a major disappointment after the high of winning multiple straw polls last year. Nevertheless, his enthusiastic bands of supporters remain quietly optimistic with their post-caucus delegate acquisition strategy, via state and county conventions. So much so, that a few private estimates claim that Paul has already surpassed Gingrich’s pledged delegates total.
As usual, keep your calendars open on Tuesday night. It’s gonna be a good one!
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