It's full steam ahead for Donald Trump supporters in Western New York. “We're ordering our signs and our bumper stickers. We’re setting up people to make phone calls,” explained Carl Paladino.
Paladino is leading the charge. He said the Trump campaign will be setting up an office in the Ellicott Square Building. Rallies are being considered in New York City, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. Those would likely be held 10 days before the New York primary on April 19.
It's been decades since New York’s primary was relevant. Traditionally, candidates have already secured the delegates needed to win the nomination by the time New York’s primary rolls around. “I think it's great. We're watching history being made. We're watching an outsider, a man who has instilled a hope and a faith in so many people,” Paladino said.
Steve Pendleton is a political science associate professor for Buffalo State College. He said Trump won't be the only one fighting for votes. We're about to be swamped with campaign ads both on air and online. “Like we never have before. We'll see it. Especially depending on just how angry and competitive the republicans get and they're well on their way to topping the all-time record for that in terms of the fight to get the nomination.”
Still, Paladino believes Trump will do well here. “We have, at the present time, I would say about 60-70% of the waited vote of county chairs in the State. I think we're going to do very well in the primary under these rules. We will capture the New York votes.”