- Published: Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:26
I have lived my entire life in Upstate New York and it still amazes me how much of a mystery the region is to those who live outside the state. The best way to understand who will vote in the Republican Primary on April 19 is to get out a map of the Empire State and look at it. You will no doubt see that most of the state geographically is Upstate, with New York City's five boroughs tucked in the southeast corner. Then there is Long Island to the east and the "suburbs" to the north of the City. In a typical New York GOP Presidential primary only about 15% of the total vote will come from New York City, and a pretty decent chunk of that will be from New York City's only Republican pocket - Staten Island - plus parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Another 30% or so will come from New York's suburbs: Long Island's Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as the northern suburbs of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Duchess, Putnam, Ulster, and Sullivan counties.