WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Republicans seem to have settled on their candidate for a congressional seat on Staten Island, and he appears to be a near-certain winner.

But some national Republicans worry that Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, the local party's choice, may hurt the GOP's national effort to attract more minority voters.

That's because Donovan is the prosecutor who presented evidence to the grand jury that failed to bring charges against the white police officer involved in last July's chokehold death of unarmed black suspect Eric Garner.

That incident and others have enraged minority communities around the country.

Some Republicans say that while Donovan is a strong candidate, a focus on the Garner case will help Democrats portray the GOP as out of touch on racial issues.

 

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