Dan Donovan and Michael Grimm

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Donovan Beats Grimm In Heated Race On Staten Island, Thanks President Trump

June 26, 2018 - 9:37 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- It was a grim night for Michael Grimm.

New York City's only Republican congressman, Dan Donovan, held off a fierce challenge in the state's primary election from Michael Grimm, a former congressman trying to make a political comeback after serving prison time for tax fraud.
The fight between U.S. Rep. Daniel Donovan and former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm was the most closely watched race in New York congressional primaries held Tuesday.

The 61-year-old Donovan replaced Grimm in a special election three years ago. He thanked President Donald Trump in his victory speech, 1010 WINS' Roger Stern reported.

The 48-year-old Grimm, a former Marine and former FBI agent congratulated Donovan about a half-hour after the polls closed, telling his supporters they should back the incumbent and keep the seat Republican.

The race was in New York's 11th Congressional District, which covers Staten Island and part of Brooklyn.

Grimm served more than seven months in prison after pleading guilty in 2014 to cheating on taxes at his Manhattan restaurant.

He was leading in one poll when President Donald Trump weighed in on the race, urging voters to stick with Donovan.

Trump said in a tweet that a vote for Grimm risked handing the seat to Democrats.

Donovan is New York City's only Republican congressman.

(© 2018 1010 WINS. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)