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With "new spark," Trump delays decision on run for governor


   By Robert J. McCarthy

    The eyes of New York State's political community were expected to be trained on Manhattan today and a decision from billionaire Donald J. Trump on running for governor this year.
   But after a late Thursday conversation with the real estate mogul, Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy said today he does not expect a final determination for several more days.
   "I talked to him yesterday and he seems to have postponed his decision for the next few days," Langworthy said.
   Trump had indicated last week that he would make his decision by the end of this week. But Langworthy said he is not yet persuaded by increasing speculation that Trump will not challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this year after Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino formally declared his Republican candidacy.
   "There was a new spark in him yesterday," the chairman said.
    Trump said in January he would not compete in a primary or even vie for delegate votes the May Republican State Convention in Rye Brook, but any decision to seek the party nod would point to a showdown with Astorino at the party gathering.

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