Reynoso and Cornegy discovered the primary ballot on the Brooklyn Borough’s presidential race in a small house

The first formal poll of the Brooklyn Borough President’s race shows that Councilors Antonio Reynoso and Robert Cornegy Jr. are at the top of a close race that has polled multiple candidates within the margin of error and half of the voters polled remained undecided.

The poll, conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group on behalf of StudentsFirstNY, a pro-Charter school group, polled 1,558 likely Democratic primary voters in New York City last month; 33% of them, or 514, were from Brooklyn.

Reynoso and Cornegy each received 10% of the poll’s first choice vote. Congregation member Jo Anne Simon followed with 8%, followed by former Brookdale Hospital executive, Khari Edwards, and Minister Kimberly Council with 7% each. Councilor Mathieu Eugene received 6%, while a whopping 50% said they didn’t know who to vote for.

A simulation of the ranking choice voting showed that Reynoso was ahead after five rounds.

With a small sample size and an error rate of +/- 2.48%, the poll is by no means a definitive prediction of the race for current District President Eric Adams, who is now running for mayor; the competition is still open, at least for the top candidates in this 14-person competition. There are less than two months until the Democratic primary on June 22nd.

Nonetheless, initial responses from candidates to the survey suggest that some candidates were more satisfied with the results than others.

“It’s about building the broadest possible coalition, and if people drop out of the rankings, I’m the second and third choice of many people,” Reynoso told Bklyner. “So I feel good about it.”

Reynoso also pointed out that his campaign has spent approximately $ 119,000 to date, less than half of Cornegy’s nearly $ 400,000 in spending, and that he has about $ 130,000 more in cash (though both candidates Chasing Simon in this regard).

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“I spent less money to be in first place,” said Reynoso. “That $ 130,000 is the difference between weeks of TV commercials and multiple mailings to the public. I can use it to pass my name on to people who have not yet made a decision. “

Another positive sign for Reynoso: In this survey, which was commissioned by a pro-charter school group, the Charter School skeptic did equal or better than Cornegy, although Cornegy loudly supported the expansion of the charter school.

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A statement by Cornegy’s campaign manager, meanwhile made available to Bklyner, was not about the specific poll results, but merely a finding that “the more people in Brooklyn learn about Rob’s values ​​and vision, the more voters across the county enthusiastically gather around our campaign ”. before the primaries on June 22. “

Cornegy is running for Brooklyn Borough President to create jobs and fair economic growth in every neighborhood; expand affordable housing; and protect our communities from crime while carrying out real police reform, ”said campaign manager Sam Pierre. “Rob Cornegy is fighting to bring Brooklyn back even stronger than it was before the pandemic.”

A spokesman for Simon’s campaign called Simon “a front runner” and said “voters vote with her strong legislative record and lifelong advocacy of marginalized New Yorkers.”

Pointing out that Simon officially competed in the race in October 2020, almost a year after Reynoso and Cornegy, spokeswoman Anne Strahle said she was making “strong strides and recently took the lead in both general fundraising and fundraising,” said Simon with the support of local contributors from Brooklyn ”. ; With half of the voters still undecided, this poll shows that they have to win the race. “

In the most recent funding period for the campaign’s financial disclosure, Simon’s campaign received donations from 747 unique Brooklyn contributors, significantly more than runner-up Reynoso, who received donations from 455 Brooklyn residents at the time. Reynoso still leads the total number of Brooklyn contributors. Both he and Simon are way ahead of the pack.

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Edwards’ campaign also highlighted the high percentage of undecided voters, saying in a press release that their candidate “competes with any elected official in the race”.

“Voters are not convinced that a professional politician will be their next county president,” said Edwards, “because of this, our campaign continues to gain momentum, is very competitive in fundraising, and has received great support from union and community leaders. “Relying on support from unions like DC37 and DC9, as well as Brooklyn lawmakers like State Senator Kevin Parker, Rep. Nick Perry, and Councilor Alicka Ampry Samuel.

A council spokeswoman said the poll showed her to be “a front runner within the margin of error of victory, particularly in the context of the leaderboard voting”.

“Brooklynites are excited about their vision of turning Borough Hall into a one stop shop for access to government and nonprofit services,” said spokesman Jordan Jayson. “For everything from starting a small business to navigating the public school system to buying your first home and connecting with mutual aid organizations.”

Eugene’s campaign did not respond to requests for comments by the time we went to press.

Other notable results from StudentsFirstNY poll: Andrew Yang still leads the field in the race for mayor, but Adams could fill the gap. When respondents across town were asked to rate their choices, Yang had 26% support in the first round versus Adams’ 20%, a narrower margin than in previous polls. City Comptroller Scott Stringer came third with 12% of the vote, even though the poll was conducted before his candidacy was messed up on sexual assault allegations.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey also found widespread support for charter schools, whose leadership has often conflicted with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the United Federation of Teachers.

The survey described charter schools as “independently managed public schools open to all students with no tuition or admission tests” that “have flexibility in setting their own curriculum and are overseen by city and state authorities to hold them accountable” .

The respondents gave positive opinions about charter schools with a range of 65% to 33%. Eight in ten said they believe that charter schools are “mostly good for their students,” while only 16% had a negative opinion, with charter support higher among black and Latin American primary voters.

[5/4/21 – This story has been updated to include statement from Simon’s and Edwards’ campaigns.]

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