It’s unlikely that Mitt Romney ever thought about winning New York State in this year’s presidential election — he’s not even trying to win his home state of Massachusetts. But if there were some fantasy scenario where Congressman Paul Ryan’s presence on the national ticket would put the Empire State into play, that dream can consider itself officially crushed.
“Romney did not help his case with New York likely voters by selecting Ryan,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement attached to his latest numbers this morning. ”Only 16 percent of voters said the Ryan selection made them more likely to support Romney, while 21 percent said it made them less likely and a majority of 62 percent said it had no effect. That may explain why Obama slightly widened his lead over Romney in the last month and now leads 62-33 percent, very comparable to the 63-36 percent margin by which Obama beat John McCain in New York in 2008.” Read More