ROCHESTER — We’re just a few minutes away from the main event here at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, where Republican delegates will cast their vote for their preferred candidate (or candidates) to take on Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Here’s how it will work:
Each of the three candidates — Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, Queens Rep. Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos — will have seven to 10 minutes to address the county chairmen and delegates, according to state GOP Chairman Ed Cox. It’s a bit out of the ordinary to have the candidates speak beforehand, but Cox said there are plenty of delegates who haven’t made up their mind on who to support.
“This afternoon, we’re going to have the actual nominating speeches and the candidates will give speeches,” Cox said. “It’s slightly unusual, but this process is going quickly and we want the candidates to get up there and state their case.”
The magic number is 25. The candidates need 25 percent of the weighted vote to get on the ballot, and all three believe they have a good chance of achieving that number. Maragos said earlier today that he believes he’s currently around the 30 percent mark.