Mitt Romney Wins NY Primary But Republicans Stay Home

Mitt Romney, taken in September, 2011 by Gage Skidmore.
Mitt Romney, taken in September, 2011 by Gage Skidmore.

With the drama already drained from the Republican race for President, the vast majority of Oswego County Republicans decided they had something better to do Tuesday than vote in the New York primary.

Mitt Romney carried the state and Oswego County, winning 62% of the vote statewide, but 95% of the state’s registered Republicans did not vote.

Only 1,759 Republicans went to the polls in Oswego County, which is just 4.9% of the number of Republicans eligible to vote, according to figures published by the state Board of Elections.

And among those die-hard voters, Romney, the party’s presumptive nominee, did not even win a majority here.

Just 49.4% voted for Romney.  The rest split their votes among two candidates who have left active campaigning, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, and a third candidate who is still running but is given no shot at winning, Ron Paul.

Paul, in fact, did second-best among county voters, earning 26.8% of their votes.  Statewide, he pulled 16% of the vote for second place.

There was no Democratic primary as there is no challenger to incumbent President Barack Obama.

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