With The New York Primary two weeks away, the two Democratic Candidates (Clinton and Sanders) and three remaining Republicans (Trump, Cruz and Kasich) who are still in the running for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination all have their eyes on the Empire State.
The five Presidential hopefuls have all turn their attention to the critical primary in New York, it is worth remembering that the state is defined both by the Big Apple (New York City) and big apple — a vast agricultural economy that is second in the nation in apple production.
The Republicans are coming, The Republicans are coming!
The GOP converge on the Empire State to stake their claim ahead of the April 19. Despite Cruz and Kasich staying power in the race, they might find it harder to defeat Donald in New York!
Kasich Opens Campaign Office in Rockland, Plans To Campaign In Long Island & Westchester
The third place GOP candidate who trails New York Billionaire Donald J. Trump, who loves the sound of his own voice and Texas Senator Ted Cruz is planning to open a campaign headquarters in Bardonia, a hamlet and census-designated place in the town of Clarkstown, Rockland County, located northeast of Nanuet, northwest of West Nyack, south of New City, and west of Valley Cottage this week.
Kasich is scheduled to attend the Rockland Republican Committee’s Lincoln Day Victory Ball at the Hilton, Pearl River on Saturday. he received an endorsement from George Hoehmann, current Clarkstown Supervisor and former executive director of the Rockland Independent Living Center, because of his efforts to assist the disabled.
The Ohio Govenor is also planning to the first presidential contender to campaign in the traditionally Republican-heavy region, of Long Island Monday. He is scheduled to hold a two of town hall type events as he swings through Long Island. In the morning, Kasich will appear at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, before he heads out to Huntington, Suffolk County, for an evening event.
On Kasich will hold town hall type meetings, Thursday, 12 P.M. at Fordham University, Rosehill Campus – McGinley Ballroom located at 441 East Fordham Road and 7 P.M. in Brooklyn at VFW Post 9485. He is also scheduled to hold a town hall type meeeting, here in Westchester County at Iona College, Mulcahy Room at the Hynes Center located at 715 North Avenue in New Rochelle.
Chrissie Thompson of The Cincinnati Enquirer — who has been following Kasich everywhere — notes that northeast New York, which borders Vermont, could also provide an opportunity for Kasich. “The Ohio governor lost Vermont to Trump by only 2 percentage points, and New Yorkers living near the border saw the pro-Kasich advertising that hit Vermont ahead of its March 1 primary,” she pointed out.
Jerry Skurnik, a partner in political data firm Prime New York, said Kasich “has the easiest time finding his voters” who are the traditional moderate “Rockefeller Republicans” who had their root in the Empire State. The problem for Kasich, Skurnik said, is “over the last few years there have been less and less of these voters voting in the Republican primary.”
Cruz Hoping To Hold On To Second Place, Falls Flat As He Campaigns In The Race For New York
Following his crucial win in the Wisconsin Primary, Texas Senator Ted Cruz came to New York Wednesday talking about education, but he’s the one who got schooled. The lesson came from a group of Bronx high school students who told the Republican presidential candidate to stay away. According to the Daily News, Cruz was scheduled to speak at Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy until students wrote a letter to the principal asking her not to let Cruz come, prompting staffers to cancel the appearance.
“We told her if he came here, we would schedule a walkout,” said Destiny Domeneck, 16. “Most of us are immigrants or come from immigrant backgrounds. Ted Cruz goes against everything our school stands for.” Destiny and her classmates communicated that sentiment to Lighthouse Principal Alix Duggins.
“A group of students said they would be leaving during 4th period, as an act of civil disobedience in regards to the arrival of Ted Cruz to BLCPA,” the letter said. “We have all considered the consequences of our actions and are willing to accept them.”
Ted Cruz got the Bronx cheer Wednesday from angry New Yorkers upset over the Republican presidential candidate’s callous “New York values” crack and his harsh stance on immigration. Cruz was crucified during a stop in the Bronx, where residents and elected leaders derided him for insulting the city and the borough, only to come crawling back begging for money and votes.
“Just because he has a Hispanic last name does not mean he’s Hispanic,” said hairstylist Edna Ferrer, 57, who was chastising Cruz supporters outside a campaign event in the Bronx. “His mind is white.”
He insulted the city when he derided “New York values” in an attack on Trump.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. slammed Cruz as a hypocrite earlier — just hours before Cruz met with his father in the Bronx. Ruben Diaz Sr. represents the area in the state Senate.
“Ted Cruz is a hypocrite. He not only offended New Yorkers, he offended Bronxites, and now he’s here today in New York and in the Bronx looking for money and votes,” Diaz Jr. said.
“We in the Bronx know how offensive he’s been. We know the truth about our borough.”
Donald Trump Returns To New York Where He Feels He Has The Home-field Advantage
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is helding his first campaign rally in his home state of New York at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, Long Island, 7 P.M. Wednesday night. Trump spoke to an overflow crowd of an estimated 18,000 supporters at Grumman Studios (see video below, skip 23 minutes of music to get to it)
Trump who has over 50 percent support from NY voters according to the latest poll, is widely expected to win the state’s pivotal primary on April 19.
A Monmouth University survey released Wednesday shows Trump taking 52 percent support, followed by Kasich at 25 percent. Ted Cruz has 17 percent. The April 19 primary in New York will go a long way toward determining whether Trump can reach the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the GOP nomination outright and avoid a contested convention. At Trump’s current level of support, he’s on pace to take a strong majority of the state’s 95 delegates, and it appears that he may run the board.
“If this result holds in every single congressional district, Trump will walk away with nearly all of New York State’s delegates,” said Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray.