Updated 04/24/2012 10:05 PM
The Call Blog: New Yorkers Head To Polls As Obama v. Romney Takes Shape
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Four years ago, New Yorkers couldn't get enough of Obama v. Hillary and Obama v. McCain. A sprinkle of Palin and our phone lines were lit for weeks. Four years later, not so much. Voter turnout was extremely low today. Voter excitement may be even lower. I know, it's April. But I get the sense it will be this way through the summer.
New York's Republicans are casting their ballots today in the GOP presidential primary. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is expected to expand his delegate lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Contests are also being held in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware.
There are 231 delegates up for grabs tonight, with New York holding 95, the most of any of the five East Coast states holding primaries today. Romney already has won 698 of the 1,144 delegates needed to become the nominee, according to the Associated Press. The presumptive nominee has focused recent campaign speeches on the general election in November against President Obama. Both men are courting independent and women voters in the race to the White House.
If you voted today, how was the turnout at your polling location? Should Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul drop out of the race or fight to the Republican convention? What are the strengths and weaknesses of Obama and Romney as candidates heading into the summer?
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It looked very light to me when I went in to vote. I guess Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul will stay until the end. All though I believe that someone like Gingrich was like a pit bull towards everyone and he has a lot of excess baggage and if he is waiting for some sort of a position I myself could not trust him. If he is regarded as having such a way with words, as I have mentioned above it was more like a pit bull.
Thank you John,
Mittens campaign line should be these are my principles and if you do not like them I have others....
Howard from Fresh Meadows
I arrived to vote around 3 pm. I was told that I was the second person to vote.
I always voted republican. This time I'm voting for obama. I believe, the republicans sold the country to the banks and oil companies. We need a change in our economy green energy transformation. Obama, can transform the economy through alternate energy. This would create abundance of jobs. We don't need a oil advocate .
Romney, even more so than most Repubs, is a cartoon character!
Mitt Romney is the Walmart of presidential candidates.
Rita from Turtle Bay
Neither of them hold much appeal to me. The only Republican candidate who, in a poll between him and Romney (or shall we call him R-Money?) can defeat Obama in a Presidential election is Representative Ron Paul. He wants to bring us back to a true Constitutional form of government.
Has anybody looked at Dr. Paul's rally numbers? Stunning. Amazing. Standing Room Only. Romney's? Low. He even bought out an entire stadium and never filled it. Dr. Paul is also the only one who gets most of the military personnel's donations. Because he has said that he will bring them back home, where they are needed most. Romney is being set up to fail. One little thing that was telling is that over a year ago, Obama actually stated that he has "5 more years to go."
So, we are looking at 4 more years of the same failed policies, no matter who is in the White House. Our only alternative to end the depression, the wars, and bring this country back from the precipice it is on, is Representative Ron Paul.
Stapleton, Staten Island
I voted on the UWS and the polling center would need two resuscitations to get to be dead. I was literally the only voter at the polls. But I've never minded standing alone before.
Romney took over and destroyed healthy companies, cost tens of thousands of hard-working people their jobs, and pocketed fortunes doing so. This is not the kind of man I want to see in the White House.
Evan- Forest Hills
The Republican party can forget about this decade and should focus on trying to establish a connection to something other than retired white people in southern states. Romney has no chance in 2012.
Frank, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Murray Hill, Manhattan Went in at 9 am. Was the only voter. Poll workers were happy to see me!