The party has a handful of elected officials in New York City, with most from Staten Island, including James S. Oddo, the borough president, and Nicole Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman who is trying to unseat Representative Max Rose in a congressional district that includes Staten Island and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
She distanced herself from the president during her 2017 run for mayor, but now embraces him, boasting of Mr. Trump’s “complete and total endorsement” in her race against Mr. Rose.
There are no Republicans from Manhattan in Congress, the City Council or the State Legislature.
The Republicans are thought to have just one potentially viable candidate this election in Manhattan: Lou Puliafito, a doorman who is running for Assembly in a district where the incumbent was thrown off the Democratic and Working Families Party ballot lines for filing her paperwork incorrectly.
Among the party’s 11 long-shot candidates is Mike Zumbluskas, an Independence Party member whom the Manhattan Republicans cross-endorsed for State Senate.
He supports Mr. Trump’s embrace of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus — which the president tested positive for early this month — despite a lack of scientific evidence that it’s effective; argues New York’s lockdown has been too onerous; and says the president’s management of the pandemic has garnered undue criticism.
“If you look what he was doing behind the scenes, he was taking it seriously,” Mr. Zumbluskas said. “He was making calls.”
Not that Mr. Zumbluskas’s views necessarily matter, from an electoral perspective.
“The candidates are almost beside the point in a place like Manhattan, because they’re not viable up and down the ballot,” said Neal Kwatra, a New York City Democratic strategist.