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Two polls show Grossman narrowly ahead in GOP Senate primary

Running off the line, ex-congressional candidate seeks to topple Polistina

By David Wildstein, May 07 2021 3:30 pm

The race for Republican State Senate nomination in the 2nd legislative district is close with an enormous number of undecided voters a month before the election, two polls show.

A Neighborhood Research poll conducted for Seth Grossman’s campaign puts Grossman ahead of Vince Polistina by five points, 22%-17%, among past Republican primary voters.

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 5.9%.

Another poll conducted by an independent organization and reviewed by the New Jersey Globe but not made available to the public puts Grossman ahead by roughly the same margin, also with a huge percentage of the electorate undecided.

The two are battling to replace Republican Chris Brown (R-Ventnor), who is not seeking re-election to a second term in the State Senate.  The winner will face four-term Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (R-Northfield) in what has become the most competitive legislative district of two generations.

Polistina has the organization line while Grossman in column E.

As a candidate for Congress in 2018, Grossman ran without any organization line and won Atlantic County and the primary against front runner Hirsh Singh.

Grossman, a former Atlantic City Councilman and freeholder, has higher name recognition than Polistina.  Grossman ran a high profile campaign for Congress in 2018 against Jeff Van Drew, then a Democrat seeking an open seat. Polistina served two terms in the State Assembly before challenging State Sen. James Whelan (D-Atlantic City) in 2011.

Former President Donald Trump has high favorables among Republicans in Atlantic County and Grossman is running as a Trump loyalist.

But Polistina is not without ties to Trump.  He has a strong relationship with Donald Trump, Jr., the former president’s son, and hosted him at a fundraising event last year.

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