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Delegate Michael Smigiel Leads Harris in 1st District Primary Poll

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Former Maryland State Delegate Michael Smigiel Leads Congressman Andy Harris in 1st District Primary Poll: Results Show 58% Support for Smigiel Over Harris’ 29% 

 Elkton, Md.  – Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm based in Winter Springs, Fla., recently conducted a random survey of 616 registered Republican voters in Maryland’s 1st District on January 7 and 8. Poll results reveal former Maryland State Delegate Michael Smigiel leading over incumbent Representative Andy Harris as the candidate voters indicated they were most likely to vote for in April’s Republican Primary.

When asked, “If the election were held today, who would you vote for as your 1st Congressional District Representative in Maryland?”, fifty-eight percent (58%) of Republican Primary voters said they would vote for former state Del. Michael Smigiel.  Only twenty-nine percent (29%) of the voters felt Rep. Andy Harris should be re-elected.

Eleven percent (11%) of voters reported they would vote for Maryland State Police Barracks Commander, Sean Jackson, and two percent (2%) said they would vote for Mr. Jonathan Goff. There is a margin of error of ± 4 percent (± 4 %) on this primary polling survey.

Calls were made to over 20,000 voters with over 600 individuals answering the poll, and results indicate that when voters were informed that Rep. Harris had voted to fully fund Obamacare, 82 percent (82%) of the Republican primary voters surveyed would not vote for Harris. 

When voters were aware that Rep. Harris had voted to fully fund President Barrack Obama’s unconstitutional use of executive power to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, 85 percent (85%) of Republican voters said they would not vote to re-elect Harris.

Likewise, 80 percent (80%) of those surveyed reported that they would not vote to re-elect Rep. Andy Harris if they knew he had made the statement that it was “just fine” for Planned Parenthood to sell baby parts as long as they did not use federal money to do so. 

Nationally, Rep. Harris is known as the most outspoken critic of D.C. and states which have chosen to allow medical marijuana, decriminalization or legalization. In the 1st District, fifty-nine percent (59%) of the Republican voters surveyed reported they would be less likely to vote for Harris because of his anti-marijuana, anti- state's rights stance.

Voters also indicated that they are most appreciative of Smigiel’s position on fighting against excessive taxation and regulations, his service in the United States Marine Corps, continued support of veterans and for being awarded the highest rating in the Maryland state legislature for his continued support and defense of constitutional rights.

Former Del. Michael Smigiel stated that, “I understand that Republican voters are frustrated and angry with Establishment Republicans who continue to place politics over people and party over principles, yet I’m surprised at the level of discontent the survey showed when voters were exposed to the actual votes and extreme positions taken by Congressman Harris”.  Smigiel went on to state, “Rep. Harris’ votes demonstrate that, like Cantor, Andy Harris is out of touch with the voters in the 1st District and that he is too willing to compromise in Washington D.C. on the principles important to his constituents”.

Smigiel announced his candidacy for Maryland’s 1st Congressional District June 10, 2015. Smigiel is described as a libertarian conservative and is known for being one of the most effective Republicans in Annapolis over his twelve years of service in the Maryland House of Delegates by working across the aisle with Democrats to get things done. Smigiel is highly recognized for his work as a legislator which includes an A+ rating by the NRA (2014), Defender of Freedom Award (2014), Republican of the Year, Cecil County, Maryland (2014), 100% rating from the Maryland Farm Bureau (2010-2014), the only A + + given, and highest rating in the Legislature, from the Oath Keepers for upholding his oath to the Constitution in 2014, Department of Maryland Marine Corps League Legislator of the Year 2012-2013 for “Distinguished Service on behalf of Maryland’s Veterans”, and the  “John Shaw Award”; the highest award given by Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG) for four years of pro-business votes (2010-2014).

The current Maryland polling was conducted by Gravis Marketing using automated telephone calls (IVR technology) and weighted by voting demographics. Polling commissioned by Mike Smigiel For Congress.

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Delegate Michael Smigiel can be reached for comment 24/7 at 410.920.0128. Media requests/inquires can be emailed to the campaign at amy@smigielforcongress.com