New York Democratic state party chairman Jay Jacobs, in consultation with Republican state party chairman Ed Cox, announced that the New York presidential primary will be held on April 28, 2020. Strategically, the Democratic leaders wanted their state to have more influence over the presidential campaign, so they chose the April date instead of waiting for the regular election New York primary, which is likely to be scheduled less than 60 days later on June 23rd.
The New York delegation will consist of 224 first ballot voting eligible delegates, making it the largest state to vote after March 17th. Overall, New York will send the third largest delegation to the Democratic National Convention, behind only California (416 first ballot delegates) and Texas (228).
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