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More than 500 tickets sold for GOP fundraiser featuring Trump


   By Robert J. McCarthy

   Whether or not billionaire Donald J. Trump runs for governor this year, Erie County Republicans sure are glad he's thinking about it.

   Two GOP sources with knowledge of the situation say Trump's scheduled appearance at a county organization fun raiser on Friday is a sellout -- with at least 500 tickets sold for the event at Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Lancaster. One observer thought it will rank as the most successful Lincoln Day fund raiser in local history.

   The sources, meanwhile, said the Manhattan real estate mogul continues this week reaching out to key Republican chairmen around the state to build support for clearing the field of competition before making a final decision on challenging Democratic incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo.

   Most Republicans involved in the process believe that decision will be made by mid-February.

 

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