11:57am

Fri April 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Presidential candidates skip state GOP dinner

The state Republican Party held it's annual dinner in New York City five days before the state's presidential primary. Only one of the remaining candidates was scheduled to speak at the dinner, and it wasn't Mitt Romney.

Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox says he’d hoped that the candidates could use New York’s GOP dinner to come together and endorse the now front-runner Mitt Romney.

“They could have used it as a unified dinner, where everyone comes together,” said Cox.

But that was not to be. Newt Gingrich was the only Presidential candidate who accepted the invitation.

Romney was far ahead in the polls in New York even before Rick Santorum dropped out, making it less likely that the state would see many appearances from the candidates. Ron Paul was in New York, but not at the dinner. He was campaigning in Ithaca. Newt Gingrich will also hold an event in Buffalo today.

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