While the state's political winds seem to be behind Donald Trump, former Governor George Pataki reversed course with his endorsement of Ohio's John Kasich. It was one of many developments observed by Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy at Thursday night's Republican Gala in New York City.
McCarthy spoke earlier from New York City on WBFO's Morning Edition.
"Governor Pataki was very forceful in saying that I believe that this is the only candidate (Kasich) who can win a general election and beat Hillary Clinton," McCarthy said.
"He's got a long way to go, but it was at least a positive development for him and the whole moderate Republican type of approach he is bringing."
While Kasich remains a long shot hope to emerge as the nominee at this summer's Republican National Convention, the odds are improving for Donald Trump.
That was clear at Thursday night's G.O.P gala in New York City.
"I think there was enthusiasm for everyone, mostly for Trump, I would say," said McCarthy.
"He (Trump) also talked about New York values and that was a clear shot at Ted Cruz sitting right across from him."
Trump then referenced the heroic efforts of New Yorkers in the aftermath of 9/11.
"He said those are New York values."
According to McCarthy, some key observers were impressed with Trump's performance.
"If you look at the way the party leadership across the state is lining up, 75 percent of the weighted vote is represented by the chairmen who are now are supporting Donald Trump. You've got a guy in Nick Langworthy in a major county in Erie who is very much on board."
"While state chairman Ed Cox is being very neutral, there is a growing support among party leaders for Donald Trump."