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State GOP chairman: Paul Ryan will "play well" in NY races

The head of the New York state Republican Party predicts that the choice of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate will be helpful in some portions of New York state.

New York’s GOP Chairman Ed Cox says Ryan’s position as number two on the Republican ticket in November could aid the GOP congressional candidates around the state, who are already identified as strong fiscal conservatives.

“I think it’s going to play very well in New York State," said Cox.  

Cox says Ryan’s Wisconsin district is similar, demographically, to central and western New York, where there are contested congressional races, and the chairman thinks Republicans can retain or pick up seats there. Cox points out that in the last election in 2010, traditionally "blue" New York gained six GOP congressional representatives -- more than any other state.  

The Republican Party chairman says he does not think Romney’s vice presidential choice will have as much of an effect on state senate races, where the GOP holds a slim majority. Cox says those races are decided on more local issues.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.