Happy New York Republican Primary Day; GOPers Still Pretending Primary Matters, Which Is Adorable

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You could vote in today's primary, or stare at a wall for 30 minutes -- both will have the same impact on the outcome of the GOP primary.
Happy Republican primary day, New York! Now make sure and get out there and vote because your vote really (ahem) matters -- according to the New York State Republican Party, anyway. In reality, however, your vote means precisely nothing.

The New York State Republican Party issued a press release last night reminding GOPers to vote in the primary, noting that "It is important for New Yorkers to get out and vote this year to send a message to Washington that we're fed up with increasing debt and government overreach."

Again, your vote in a Republican primary means absolutely nothing -- former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee regardless of whether a single New Yorker casts a vote. Even if Romney weren't the clear nominee -- and he actually had a legitimate opponent (which he doesn't) -- New York's primary wouldn't make a lick of difference in the outcome of the overall contest (click here to find out why).

New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox has been pimping New York's primary as "one of the final campaign stops for presidential candidates before the New York primary on April 24." He's made attempts to hype New York's GOP as actually "playing a decisive role in this year's Republican presidential nominating process."

"New York hasn't mattered [in a Republican primary] since 1976," Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center For Politics, told the Voice earlier this month.

Even after Rick Santorum threw in the towel on his campaign, Cox continued to pretend New York's primary would matter -- again, which it doesn't.

The GOP press release goes on to say that "once November arrives, we are in for an historic election night: Barack Obama will be a one-term President!" -- as if New York will play any role at all in making Obama a one-term president.

The last time a Republican presidential candidate won New York's delegates was Ronald Reagan...nearly 30 years ago. In the 1984 election -- when Reagan squared off with former Vice President Walter Mondale. In that election, Minnesota -- Mondale's home state -- was the only state Reagan didn't win.

As the saying goes, unless Obama gets caught with a dead hooker or a live boy, he will win New York in November -- regardless of what the state GOP tells you.

There are some Congressional races that would undoubtedly benefit from a Republican "get out the vote" effort. But the presidential primary -- and election -- are a lost cause for Republicans in the Empire State.

Sorry to break your hearts, GOPers, but if you're probably better served staring blankly at a wall today than you are voting in the presidential primary.

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reader
reader

Yes, Obama will almost certainly carry New York in November, but California will award its electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote, so it will be important for pro-Obama and pro-Romney New Yorkers to vote in November.

delores_haze
delores_haze

This reads like the average vitriolic Youtube comment, the Voice has gone to the dogs (..."as the saying goes").

Asow92
Asow92

The time spent writing this article was significantly longer then the time any one person spent voting today. Who's really wasting their time? Your cynicism is unsettling.

G Penton
G Penton

People like James King make me happy that I spent my life in the military, overseas, away from snarky rats like him. I hope people don't get paid for this silly scribble.

Jesse Cole Penick
Jesse Cole Penick

Why does every article I read out of New York conveniently leaves out Ron Paul? He just won Iowa and Minnesota! And from Texas, he won a huge amount of support, very silently (I was there).  On the Ron Paul forums, people are calling out their voter number at their poll, and the turn out is so low, Ron Paul supporters know all the people that have voted in comparison to their number... 

ImpeachTheEstablishment
ImpeachTheEstablishment

I'll take your article one step further by saying: don't even bother voting in November. Instead, spend your time preparing for the worst. It will be the same problems, just different president. Unfortunately, those same problems will become impossible to fix until one day the UN fixes them for us.

mbrosen
mbrosen

AHAHHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

The UN!!!!

Good one!

Thanks for the laugh.

And to the author: voter turnout, even in effectively decided primaries, can be a good indication of electorate enthusiasm for the upcoming campaign season. You could have simply written an objective piece announcing today's primary, a link to a polling location lookup site, and been done with it.

guest
guest

What a pathetic, PATHETIC article.  You are part of this country's problem---total disregard for the workings of the democratic process-take it for granted---again, pathetic---- 

James King
James King

I have the utmost respect for the democratic process. I also have respect for reality. You know what's going to happen regardless of whether you -- or anyone else -- votes in today's primary? Mitt Romney will be the nominee. That's not "pathetic," that's a fact. So vote away -- I'm gonna clean my apartment, which will have about as much of an impact on the outcome of the primary as you voting today.

guest
guest

If you're going to express your opinion in a childish and unprofessional manner you could at least take the care to spell correctly.  

James King
James King

My apologies if there is a spelling error, but the Republican primary meaning nothing at this point is not an opinion.

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