More than two-thirds of New York Republican county chairs have made an endorsement in the race for state party chair, but there is no clear favorite in the contest.
Members of the state Republican committee will meet this summer to elect officers, including a chair. The candidates are Ed Cox, who has chaired the state party since 2009, and Nick Langworthy, the chair of the Erie County Republican Committee.
As of Thursday, Langworthy has more endorsements from county chairs. However, his projected lead in the weighted vote is small. Cox, thanks to endorsements from some of New York's biggest counties, is running even with Langworthy.
Here is a look at the race for New York Republican chair, by the numbers:
37.81% to 34.31%. Langworthy leads by 3.5 percentage points over Cox in the weighted vote. The totals are based on county chair endorsements, which doesn't tell the whole story. State committee members could vote for a different candidate than their county chair prefers. That's true in Tompkins County. Mike Sigler, chair of the Tompkins GOP, endorsed Cox for another term as state party chair. But Elizabeth Cree, a member of the state GOP committee from Tompkins County, supports Langworthy in the race.
32. So far, 32 Republican county chairs have endorsed Langworthy for state GOP chair. The endorsements include GOP chairs in Cayuga (Cherl Heary) and Onondaga (Tom Dadey) counties. The Republican chairs in Oswego, Seneca and Wayne counties also support Langworthy to lead the state GOP. With 32 endorsements, Langworthy has the support of more than half of the 62 GOP county chairs in the state.
12. Cox has won the support of 12 GOP county chairs in his bid for re-election. He has the two largest counties, Nassau and Suffolk, in his column. The two counties account for more than 21 percent of the weighted vote. His other endorsements include chairs from Broome and Westchester counties, the Bronx and Manhattan.
18. The number of Republican county chairs that haven't endorsed in the race for state GOP chair. There are some larger counties in the undecided column. The chairs from Kings (Brooklyn), Monroe, Dutchess and Orange counties haven't decided whether to support Cox or Langworthy. Those four counties represent nearly 15 percent of the weighted vote.
18, part two. The number of county chairs from central and western New York that have endorsed Langworthy to lead the state Republican Party. Langworthy has received a lot of support from the counties closest to his home in Erie County, upstate's largest county.
6. The number of downstate county chairs supporting Cox. Along with the Nassau and Suffolk GOP leaders, the chairs in Putnam and Westchester counties, the Bronx and Manhattan have endorsed Cox. Langworthy's strong support in central and western New York and Cox's endorsements from the New York City area show that there's an upstate-downstate gap in this race. (Cox hails from Long Island.)