Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), a tea party-backed candidate swept into office by the GOP wave of 2010, is a strong favorite to secure re-election in his Staten Island district, according to a poll released Thursday.
The latest poll from Siena Research Institute shows Grimm with a big lead over Democratic challenger Mark Murphy 52 percent to 34 percent. It's the latest indication that Grimm, the subject of a few federal investigations since he entered the House, will likely overcome what's been a rocky first term in office. The freshman representative led by 10 points in Siena's poll in September.
Siena conducted its latest poll Oct. 27-28 using live phone interviews with 627 likely voters in New York's 11th Congressional District. The poll has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.