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Poll: Republican Voters Favor Ex-Felon Fresh Out Prison Over Trump-Backed Candidate In NY GOP Primary

Michael Grimm, a former GOP lawmaker who completed an eight-month prison sentence after he was convicted of tax fraud in 2016, is leading incumbent, Trump-endorsed candidate Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) by 10 points, according to a new Sienna College poll.

Forty-seven percent of voters said they would vote for Grimm in the Republican primary, while only 37 percent of voters said they would vote for Donovan.

The poll comes just three weeks before the Republican primary in New York’s 11th congressional district, which includes Staten Island, on June 26.

The Sienna College survey was conducted on May 29-June 3, 2018 among 513 likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

President Trump endorsed Donovan in a tweet last month, saying there was no better person to represent New York and Staten Island.

“There is no one better to represent the people of N.Y. and Staten Island (a place I know very well) than @RepDanDonovan, who is strong on Borders & Crime, loves our Military & our Vets, voted for Tax Cuts and is helping me to Make America Great Again,” Trump tweeted. “Dan has my full endorsement!”

Grimm slammed Donovan minutes after Trump endorsement.

“All the endorsements in the world can’t change the facts: Donovan has failed to pass even one substantive bill into law, and has voted against President Trump every time it’s mattered – from failing to repeal Obamacare, to banning sanctuary cities, and even against tax cuts,” Grimm said in a tweet.


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