First, Donald Trump won the New York primary by such a wide margin that it propelled him to the GOP nomination. Now, it seems that a massive move by a major state third party could put the Empire State into play for the general election.
According to Newsmax, the New York Conservative Party will officially endorse Trump for the presidency with “overwhelming” support, something that could spell trouble for Hillary Clinton in the general election.
The Conservative Party was founded in 1962, based on the fact that New York’s Republican Party politicians — in particular its governor, Nelson Rockefeller, widely seen as one of the first RINOs — weren’t conservative enough.
Ironically, one of the party’s co-founders was also William F. Buckley; another institution founded by Buckley, the conservative National Review magazine, dedicated an entire issue to derailing Trump’s campaign.
“We’re overwhelming for Trump,” Conservative State Chairman Mike Long said. He said that the endorsement would be made officially in September by the 287-member state committee.
“And there are still some complaints Trump isn’t conservative enough,” Long added. “But there is also an overwhelming sentiment that we cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama and that’s what four years of Hillary Clinton means.”
The endorsement isn’t just ceremonial, either. The endorsement of the Conservative Party would give Trump an extra line on the ballot in the state. In addition, while the Republicans haven’t carried the state in 32 years, the Conservative Party’s endorsement propelled Ronald Reagan to victories in both 1980 and 1984.
Perhaps most importantly, Trump is originally from the state, whereas Clinton is seen as a carpetbagger. Then you have Trump’s surprising strength among African-American and other ethnic voters.
A win for Trump in New York would likely make all of the other swing states moot; there would likely be no real path to the presidency for Hillary Clinton without New York’s 29 electoral votes. However, Long thinks the Conservative Party endorsement won’t just be limited to New York in its effects.
“And our endorsement can be helpful to Trump across the nation,” Long said. “(Trump) is having some trouble with other conservatives nationwide. Having our seal of approval could possibly bring some of those who are undecided onto the ‘Trump train.’”
Do you think that Donald Trump can win New York?