Republican presidential primary set in one week

Field shrinks for Presidential nominating election

— New York is on deck when it comes to the Republican Presidential Primary.

Essex County Board of Elections GOP Commissioner Derinda Sherman said that the board is working to get the word out about the primary, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday, April 24.

"We have noticed a drop in the number of absentee voters, and we honestly believe that it is because people do not realize that the primary is coming up," Sherman said.

The April 24 Republican Primary will be held from noon to 9 p.m. and will be open to all registered Republican voters. Candidates include Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney. Rick Santorum announced that he was suspending his campaign one week ago.

Sherman also said that the board is preparing for two more primaries this year, the first on June 26 for federal offices, with the second on Sept. 11 for state and county offices.

Sherman said that the latter two were unable to come together to be held on the same date, which is a concern from a budget standpoint.

"It will cost just short of $40,000 if we were to have a countywide primary in September," Sherman said. "The two were supposed to work out a way to be held on the same date, and it never came to be. Every county in the state is in the same boat because everyone thought these two elections would be held together."

Sherman said that it appears that there will be a Republican primary in the congressional race in June.

As for September, Warren County board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec of Queensbury and former Glens Falls Mayor Bob Regan, both Republicans, are seeking to fill what will be the 114th State Assembly seat, currently held by Teresa Sayward.

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