Republicans head to the polls for primaries
New York Republicans are heading to the polls today for their presidential primary. With many of his rivals all but out of the race, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will likely pad his delegate count. Katie Gibas has more.
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Experts say it will likely be a lower turnout than expected. Initially, when Rick Santorum, Romney's closest competition, was still in the race, people thought New York would play a key role in race for the republican candidate.
Now that Santorum suspended his campaign, New York's role has been deflated a bit. There's little doubt that Romney will win on a statewide basis. But there are still choices. Santorum is still on the ballot, as are Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. But even party leaders say, it's not as exciting of a primary as they had initially hoped.
"Up until a couple weeks ago, we thought we were going to have a very competitive Republican primary. Today was going to be a very important voting day. National polls showed that it was a close race. And then things sort of turned in favor of Governor Romney. You saw Senator Santorum withdraw from the race. The speaker is not really a serious contender. You're going to see low voter turnout today. It's unfortunate," said Onondaga County Republican Chair Tom Dadey.
Registered Republicans can still vote until 9 p.m. at their regular polling place.