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This post is part of Election Projection's continuing series introducing each 2016 presidential candidate. Follow the link at the end for more information on George Pataki, including personal information, family status, education and past political experience, as well as links to Pataki's biography and ideological positions.

States with hard partisan leanings occasionally vote in governors of the opposing party's affiliation. Witness Republican Mitt Romney's election in the uber-liberal Massachusetts and Democrat Dave Freudenthal's in deep crimson Wyoming. New Yorkers did the same thing back in 1994 when they elected George Pataki as governor, a step they repeated in 1998 and 2002.

Pataki, like Romney, could never be classified as a hard-core partisan. His moderate views enabled him to be palatable to Empire State votes and an acceptable choice in three consecutive gubernatorial elections. Now that he's running for the Republican nomination for president, however, those moderate views are not a strength with GOP primary voters.

If any of the Republican contenders this year deserve the RINO label, Pataki definitely does. Pro choice, pro same-sex marriage, pro climate change regulations, Pataki's positions many times seem more suited for a Democratic run. Technically, his more liberal social views make him a 'Moderate Libertarian Conservative' as defined by OnTheIssues.org.

With a resume that reveals little conservative credentials, Pataki's chances to win the Republican nomination are practically non-existent. He'll eventually drop out of the race without earning a single delegate. And the only way he'll ever make it to the main stage during any of the GOP primary debates is for the secondary debate to be discontinued.

Republican Nomination Odds:  < 1%
30-day Trend:  Flat
Candidate Page:  George Pataki, 2016 Presidential Candidate

posted by Scott Elliott at 5:20pm 11/09/15 :: link
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