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Daniel Donovan Likely to Keep Grimm's NYC Seat in GOP's Hands

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:03 AM

Voters in the outlier New York City borough of Staten Island are going to the polls on Tuesday in a special election to fill the seat of GOP Rep. Michael Grimm, with the likely winner expected to be Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan, Politico reported.

As the local prosecutor in the Eric Garner chokehold death case, Donovan presented evidence against the police officers involved, but a grand jury refused to issue any indictments. Garner was the African-American man who died shortly after he was subdued while resisting arrest on a Staten Island street, The New York Times reported.

Richmond County, or Staten Island, is home to many police and other uniformed city employees. With about 470,000 people — 78 percent white compared to a 44 percent white population for New York City as a whole — it does not contain enough of a population for a congressional district of its own, so Albany lawmakers added on  neighboring communities in Brooklyn, including the predominantly white Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst.

The district went for John McCain in 2008 and for Barack Obama in 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to Politico.

The New York City congressional delegation of 12 is overwhelmingly Democratic — save for the 11th district covering Staten Island.

Republicans — not necessarily conservative ones — dominate the district and the candidacy of Brooklyn Democratic City Council member Vincent Gentile is having trouble gaining traction. A Green Party candidate is also on the ballot.

Contrary to the expectations of some political observers, Donovan's handling of the Garner case never became an issue in the race, Politico reported.

Grimm, a Republican, resigned in December after pleading guilty on a federal tax fraud charge. He had just won re-election despite a 20-count federal indictment in an indication of how hard it is for a Democrat to carry the district. Democrats have difficulty finding a Staten Island resident to compete for the seat, and have more or less ceded the district this time out to the Republicans, Politico reported.

Gentile is not a Staten Island resident, but lives across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn.

Donovan has run with the support of former Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani,  and is backed also by Bill and Hillary Clinton associate Douglas Band as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, according to Politico.

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Voters in the outlier New York City borough of Staten Island are going to the polls on Tuesday in a special election to fill the seat of GOP Rep. Michael Grimm, with the likely winner expected to be Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan, Politico reported.
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