Because the 10-state Super Tuesday showdown was a bit of a bust in terms of definitively deciding Barack Obama’s opponent, New York might actually have a say in picking the Republican presidential candidate. Who knew?
The Empire State’s contest takes place April 24. Usually, by that time, one of the candidates will have gotten enough votes in other states and emerged as the clear winner, making New York totally unimportant. But when there’s no obvious victor, candidates will clamor for the state’s 95 delegates (which are awarded proportionally.)
The last time New York was this hotly contested was when George W. Bush and John McCain faced off in 2000 — so, for the first time in more than a decade, the New York Post notes, we’re important! Finally!
So it looks like we’re going to soon referee the main primary rivalry — between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
A Siena poll puts Romney ahead of Santorum 38-23. But things could get tricky for the former Massachusetts gov if the New York G.O.P has moved right. (The election of Carl Paladino in the 2010 gubernatorial primary kinda hints at this, the Post suggests.)
Speaking generally of the Republican field, though, some analysts think that Romney is stronger than he looks — and shouldn’t be underestimated.