Mike Grimm Wins Atlas Poll, Considered Mostly Likely To Win 13th Congressional GOP Primary
Over 2,260 voters cast their votes this past week to decide who was most likely to win the 13th Congressional GOP Primary.
Despite a fairly strong showing from the supporters of Brooklyn and Staten Island GOP-backed Michael Allegretti, Conservative GOP candidate Mike Grimm ultimately took the prize in our poll, beating Mr. Allegretti by slightly over 10% of the votes cast. All of us here at Atlas congratulate him for his strong showing and also thank Mr. Allegretti’s supporters for making their voices heard as well.
As a reminder, the exact question we asked was: Who is most likely to win the 13th Congressional District Republican Primary?
Of the 2,262 votes cast, former FBI agent and soldier Mike Grimm took 55% of the vote with 1,245 in total votes. Former lobbyist and environmental activist Michael Allegretti received just under 45% with a respectable 1,017 votes.
This poll even became a bit of a campaign issue (which we didn’t mind, of course), with Team Grimm enthusiastically entreating their supporters to make their voice heard, while Allegretti awkwardly accused Grimm of fixating on blogs and polls rather than the campaign trail.
Yet, despite Allegretti’s criticism, at one point the self-proclaimed establishment-backed candidate (a man who expresses pride in being supported by divisive party leaders) was actually leading Mr. Grimm by a fair number of votes. After those remarks, however, (whether by coincidence or not) Grimm took back the lead and never lost it. Allegretti had a strong close Monday, but it was ultimately not enough.
This poll was a record for our blog. Indeed, we have received a tremendous glut of traffic over the course of the past week like no other time in our one-year history. In addition, a great many readers came to us through Facebook and from local blogs, such as NY13 Watch.
Tens of thousands of unique readers have come to this blog day in and day out to read our 13th Congressional coverage over the course of this year alone. We value your support, your visits to us, and your views, which thousands of you have expressed to us in email and comment form.
As the principle editor and moderator of this blog, it is important to me that our readers’s opinions are heard and their views are respected in a reasoned discourse. Given that, I encourage you to continue to follow us as we move closer and closer to the upcoming elections in September and November.
Our primary mission is seeking reform in our party and in local, state and federal government, and we hope you’ll join us in that goal.
On a more personal note, I wish to discuss the state of our blog’s commentary and coverage of the 13th Congressional race thus far.
One of my fellow contributors, Francisco D’Anconia, has expressed to you his personal support of Mr. Grimm in the interest of full transparency. He has written extensively about Mr. Allegretti and has expressed praise of Mr. Grimm. Given the number of you that voted for Mr. Allegretti, I wish to address some of the thoughts I’ve had about our coverage.
Given our goal of reform, a majority of our writers are, at the very least, skeptical of Mr. Allegretti because of his unabashed connections with the GOP establishment leaders of our county that have been the source of so many embarrassments and losses for party in Brooklyn for so long. It is no secret that we here at Atlas are critical of the establishment and their failure to operate a successful, competent party organization. Some of us–like Francisco–doubt his conservative credentials. Others of us have not yet formed an opinion.
In other words, all of us are just like you.
Some of you have already decided who you are going to vote for, and others of you are unsure or undecided.
I hope that, if anything, this poll has encouraged you to stay aware of the candidates running in this race, the issues facing the voters and the difficult general election to follow. Thankfully, the local media has been on top of this race with some very decent coverage (also some mixed). But, it is largely up to each and every one of you to make an informed decision based on your own judgment and assessment of the candidates.
That’s part of what makes our country great.
So, stay active and stay involved–because this race is too important not to. And when in doubt, visit us or our friends at the NY 13 Watch blog for up-to-date coverage and commentary on the race. Also, be sure to monitor Mr. Allegretti’s website and Mr. Grimm’s website for anything we might miss.
Once again, my thanks to all of you.
Be sure to keep an eye out for a piece about Mr. Allegretti by Dagny Taggart early this week–the “real deal.”