2012 elections review: No incumbents defeated in New York
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
In yesterday's primary, New York voters selected party nominees for the congressional elections. While New York typically holds its primary in September, it was moved to June this year; the switch contributed to low voter turnout across the state.
|Contested Primaries in New York -- June 26, 2012|
| U.S. House |
|Total Democratic Contested Primaries||10 (37%)|
|Total Republican Contested Primaries||6 (22.22%)|
Despite an endorsement from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Representative Bob Turner lost in the Republican primary to attorney Wendy Long. County comptroller George Maragos also ran. Long received 51% of the vote and will face Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand in the November general election.
The majority of primaries were uncontested in New York, but a few intense races did take place.
In New York's 13th District, 82-year-old incumbent Charlie Rangel overcame demographic shifts and ethics questions to defeat a field of candidates including state Senator Adriano Espaillat. Rangel received 45% of the vote, Espaillat 40%. Rangel has served in the U.S. House for 42 years thus far.
Grace Meng received 51% of the vote in the four-way 6th District Democratic primary. Queens Democratic Party Chairman and U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley supported Meng over his cousin Elizabeth Crowley. Candidate Rory Lancman will still appear on the general election ballot, however, as he was the Working Families Party choice.
In the 7th, incumbent Nydia Velazquez successfully fended off Erik Dilan, the chosen candidate of Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez. Two other candidates also ran, and Velazquez won with 58% of the vote.
An endorsement from retiring Representative Ed Towns couldn't boost Charles Barron over Hakeem Jeffries in the 8th. Barron's outspoken comments made many Democratic leaders nervous, and New York Assembly member Jeffries won with 72% of the vote.
In the 18th District, former Bill Clinton aide Sean Maloney beat four Democratic challengers to win the party nod to take on vulnerable Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth in the general election.
|Members of the U.S. House from New York -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
- United States Senate elections in New York, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2012
- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, "Chris Collins cruises to GOP primary victory," June 26, 2012
- AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 27, 2012
- New York Times, "G.O.P. Senate Hopefuls Compete in a TV Debate," June 17, 2012
- WNYC "Long, Turner and Maragos: The Race to Replace Gillibrand," June 15, 2012
- NPR "Harlem Icon Faces 'Perfect Storm' In Re-Election Bid," June 13, 2012
- AP/CSPAN, "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
- Roll Call, "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," June 19, 2012
- New York Times, "In Brooklyn, a Longtime Provocateur Surges in a Primary Race for Congress," June 15, 2012
- Ithaca Journal, "Redrawn congressional lines promise competitive races," March 22, 2012
- New York Times, "Redrawn Districts Present a Hurdle for Democrats," April 2, 2012