New York GOP Mum On Whether Rick Santorum Will Still Attend Party's Fancy ($1,000 A Plate) Dinner

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New York hasn't played a role in the GOP presidential primary since 1976 -- despite what Ed Cox has to say about it.
The New York state Republican Party is holding its annual dinner next week, at which now-former presidential candidate Rick Santorum currently is scheduled to be a guest of honor. However, now that he's bailed on his campaign, it's unclear whether Santorum will actually show up -- and that's because the New York GOP won't tell us.

We've called, emailed, and even sent smoke signals (alright, maybe not smoke signals) to the state's GOP asking whether Santorum would attend the dinner. Its response: crickets.

It doesn't matter to us whether Santorum shows up for the dinner, but it seems like something people who are coughing up $1,000 a plate for an evening  with Republican bigwigs might want to know (oh, and $1,000 just gets you in the door -- it'll cost you $5,000 to get a picture with any of the honored guests).

Other big-name attendees scheduled to be at the dinner include (kinda-sorta) presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

New York GOP chairman Ed Cox has pimped the event 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."

Even if Santorum was still in the race, New York probably would have had zero impact on the outcome of the primary -- despite what Cox wants you to believe.

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

Even if Santorum had stayed in the race, Sabato predicts that he would have come away from the New York primary with only 26 delegates. Mitt Romney, the presumed nominee, would have landed 66 -- according to Sabato's crystal ball -- which would have widened the gap between the two candidates as Romney creeps closer to the magic number of 1,144.

Another indicator that New York has little impact on the nominating process (much to Cox's chagrin, we're sure) is that Romney, the frontrunner in the race, hasn't campaigned in New York at all in the weeks leading up to the primary -- and he has no plans to attend Cox's fancy party.


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