Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – The last time New York was a big player in the GOP primary was 12 years ago when George W. Bush and John McCain campaigned for delegates. The same thing could happen this year and we will get an answer this Super Tuesday.
Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have their eyes on the same prize. Ten states head to the polls. There are 437 delegates on the line and it could be Romney’s best opportunity to breakaway from his rivals.
Romney’s seeing a bit of a surge here. A new poll from Quinnipiac University has him up three points over Santorum within the margin of error. It’s a dramatic 10-point swing for Romney in just a week.
“During this campaign there has been discussion about all sorts of issues, I keep bringing it back to more jobs, less debt and smaller government,” Romney said.
Romney may be getting closer to the nomination but there are troubling signs for his campaign down the road. A new poll found just 28 percent of voters have a favorable view of him. Among Independents it’s even worse with only 22 percent of people looking to cast their vote in his direction.
Even if Santorum and Newt Gingrich pick up a few wins, Romney will likely emerge as the overall winner in the critical race for delegates. Santorum made this plea to Ohio voters.
“Don't listen to the polls. Don't listen to all the media hype,” Santorum said.
Once again, it all depends on what happens Super Tuesday to see if New York’s primary will play role in electing a candidate. Our primary coincides with several other Northeastern states on April 24th.
Eyewitness News Political Analyst Bob Davis joins Joanna Pasceri and John Borsa on Eyewitness News at 5:30pm with more. ABC NEWS will have complete coverage throughout the night, with a wrap up on Eyewitness News at 11.