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NYS GOP Chair: Ryan will "play well" in New York races

The head of the State’s Republican Party predicts that the choice of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential candidate will be helpful in some portions of New York State.

New York’s GOP Chair Ed Cox says Ryan’s position as number two on the Republican ticket in November could aid the GOP congressional candidates around the state, who are already identified as strong fiscal conservatives.

“I think it’s going to play very well in New York State, “said Cox.  

Cox says Ryan’s Wisconsin district is similar, demographically, to Central and Western New York, where there are contested congressional races, and he thinks Republicans can retain or pick up seats there. He points out that in the last election, in 2010, blue New York  gained six GOP congressional representatives, more than any other state.

The Republican Party Chair says he does not think Romney’s VP choice will have as much of an effect on State Senate races, where the GOP holds a slim majority, saying those races are decided on more local issues.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.