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Key question raised anew: Can Levy make GOP ballot? (updated)

The Steve-Levy-for-governor adventure has lasted a little over a month, and the question of momentum for him and for Rick Lazio within the GOP comes up. It's still a long way to early June when the Republicans convene. But Levy needs 51 percent of the weighted convention vote, since he's not officially a Republican until after the next election -- though he signed his re-registration as he announced.

Now comes a report, linked here, from Ms. Haberman, that Ed Cox, state Republican chairman, conceded the possibility that Levy could fall short. Couple that with earlier-quoted statements that Cox suggested Lazio would make a good governor, and the public doubts grow about what the Republican delegates might do. As public doubts grow, of course, would-be Levy supporters or fence-sitters on the GOP state committee could become less impressed with the old grab-the-train-before-it-pulls-out sales pitch.

 UPDATE: GOP State Committee spokesman Alex Carey said the Cox comments were taken "out of context" and responded by saying:  "Ed is completely confident in Levy's ability to obtain the requisite 50 plus 1-percent. All the Chairman said at that event in Albany Monday night is that all Chairs and delegates are free to vote according to their own preferences and that Ed isn't twisting arms behind the scenes for Levy - it is an open process."

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