After $3 million and two nasty debates, the Staten Island slugfest between Rep. Dan Donovan and ex-Rep. Michael Grimm will draw to a close Tuesday as Republican primary voters head to the polls.
The contest the highest-profile intra-party battle to represent New York City in Congress, has overshadowed a series of rare challenges brought by activists against longtime Democratic lawmakers.
Donovan’s campaign faces a fierce challenge from Grimm, a convicted tax cheat who is seeking to relaunch his political career.
President Trump’s son Donald Jr. recorded a robocall for the incumbent, which voters began receiving Monday.
“If you’re a loyal supporter of President Trump, you’ll get Dan across the finish line,” Donald Jr. says in the taped message. “Dan’s opponent will lose a seat to Nancy Pelosi.”
The GOP establishment has rallied to Donovan, fueled by fears a Grimm win would put the seat in play and give Democrats another opening to win the House in November.
The contest promises to be a low-turnout affair, which observers say bolsters Grimm’s chances. In 2016, citywide turnout in the congressional primaries was just 8 percent.
Tuesday’s GOP victor will face the winner of the Democratic primary for the 11th Congressional District, which decorated war veteran Max Rose is expected to win easily.
In another race, gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon backed challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bid against Rep. Joe Crowley, who chairs the Queens Democratic Party.
“Alexandria and I are uniting to take on the old boys club,” Nixon tweeted.
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