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State GOP Chair Ed Cox seems completely unworried that the Queens GOP might have screwed up Steve Levy's chances of getting onto the primary ballot by switching its support to Myers Mermel.
"Those are two different things -- you're talking about designation," Cox said in a press conference outside the Democratic convention at the Rye Town Hilton, emphasizing that he plans to hold a separate vote to qualify Levy for the primary.
Queens GOP chair Phil Ragusa seemed to hint as much too, in his public endorsement of Mermel, where he said the committee agreed it "will vote to support a primary process for this fall AND will vote to support Myers Mermel for Governor." (emphasis added)
Levy and Rick Lazio each have party support "in the 40s," Cox said, which contrasts with public estimates putting Lazio at just over 50 percent and Levy just under 30.