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Harrison Republicans: Primary Worth Having

HARRISON, N.Y. – Though Mitt Romney appears to have the presidential Republican nomination locked up, Harrison Republican Committee Chair Bob Amelio said there still must be a primary.

With the political process for the nomination winding down, Romney appears ready to grab it and challenge President Barack Obama this November. The Republican primary is scheduled for Tuesday and though the GOP seems to have their candidate, Amelio said the primary still is important.

“It’s scheduled so we have to go through with it,” Amelio said. “Nothing else can be done. Once you have two people from the same party running there has to be a primary.”

Amelio acknowledged it will be tough for Romney, when the nomination is his, to win New York since it hasn't voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan. Even in 1988, when George H.W. Bush secured 426 of a possible 537 electoral votes, the state still went with Democrat Michael Dukakis.

“I still think that Romney will do well,” Amelio said. “I think that he knows what the real problems are in this country. He has a good handle on what to do.”

Harrison Village Board Trustee Marlane Amelio, a Republican and Bob's daughter, said she also will support Mitt Romney. She also said the primary in is important since it is the democratic process.

“That is what this country represents,” she said. “Romney would be a wonderful presidential candidate. He brings with him an incredible wealth of experience.”

Marlane Amelio also said voters need to look beyond the party and more directly at the candidate themselves.

“I think it’s unfortunate that people always vote on party lines,” she said. “We have to look at their individual strengths and weaknesses. I think based on that Romney is the clear-cut choice to be our next president.”

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