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Republican Primary Takes Center Stage in Chappaqua

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Mitt Romney can inch closer to locking up the Republican nomination for President Tuesday when New York's 95 delegates are up for grabs in the state's primary.

With Romney's sizable lead, Jack Rapport, chair of the New Castle Republican Town Committee, is already looking ahead to the general election in November and likes the former Massachusetts governor's chances in Chappaqua.

“This election is more about economic growth and the overall direction of the country than about strictly partisan or social issues,” Rapport said. “The residents of Chappaqua are well-informed and the Republican Party’s and Mitt Romney’s pro-business and pro-growth positions stand in sharp contrast to the Obama Administration’s assault on business and their top-down, government-is-the-solution approach.”

Thus far in Chappaqua, Romney has slightly outdistanced Obama in donations. Since January 2011, Romney has received $55,450 compared to the $47,949 donated to the President , according to OpenSecrets.org.

Romney’s position as the clear frontrunner has not stopped Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul from continuing their campaigns. Both will appear on Tuesday’s ballot along with Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign on April 10.

For many, Romney’s chances of winning Tuesday are not a question of "if" but "how much?" The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Romney leading in New York by 54 percent. Santorum is a distant second with 21 percent.

Tuesday’s vote is in stark contrast to the last time New York hosted presidential primaries in 2008, when Chappaqua’s Hillary Clinton defeated Obama, and Romney lost to John McCain in more competitive races.

Wrapping up the nomination would have been easier for Romney in 2008, when the Republican Party awarded delegates on a winner-take-all basis. A hybrid system was adopted last year.

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