Battleground Friday: New York's 11th Congressional District

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New York's 11th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Michael Grimm Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Michael Grimm Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Lean R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[3]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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By Kristen Smith and the Congress team


In the next profile of our 2014 battleground districts, the Congress team is taking an in-depth look at New York's 11th Congressional District's 2014 election.

Current incumbent: Republican incumbent Michael Grimm was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2010. Before his congressional career, Grimm served in the United States Marine Corps, worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and founded a health food restaurant.[4] In April 2014, Grimm was indicted on charges involving his restaurant, "Healthalicious."[5]

2012 MOV: Grimm won re-election in 2012 with a margin of victory of 5% over Democratic challenger Mark Murphy.[6]

2014 candidates: Grimm is running unopposed for the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations in the primary election on June 24, 2014. Domenic Recchia is running unopposed in the Democratic and Working Families primaries. Henry Bardel is running for the Green Party.[7]

What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: New York's 11th Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014. The district leans slightly Republican, with Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI) rating it as R+2, or Moderately Republican, and FairVote rating it as 46.9% Democratic.[8][9] Republican incumbent Michael Grimm won in 2012 with a 5% margin of victory, but the district voted Democratic in the 2012 presidential race, voting for President Barack Obama with a 4.3% margin of victory. Grimm was elected to his seat in 2010, and incumbents who have served less than four years tend to be more vulnerable than representatives who have held their seat for many years.

Another factor that may affect the outcome of this election is Michael Grimm's indictment. Grimm was charged with 20 crimes involving his restaurant, Healthalicious, including tax fraud and hiring illegal immigrants. He is also under investigation for possible campaign finance law violations. Although Grimm is claiming innocence and has stated that he will continue to run in the election, negative media attention may affect the outcome in the general election on November 4.[10]

FEC: According to data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), this race is very competitive in terms of contributions and cash on hand. As of the April Quarterly FEC reports, Grimm had $1,177,595.01 in cash on hand, while Recchia had $1,065,942.97. Up to this point, however, Grimm had outspent Recchia $695,450.38 to $350,217.67.

The information above was compiled following the New York candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 11th District's election page.
New York's 11th Congressional District
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Population: 724,434
Gender: 48.4% Male, 51.6% Female
Race: 73.3% White, 8.2% Black, 12.8% Asian
Ethnicity: 16.1% Hispanic
Unemployment: 8.8%
Median household income: $62,045
High school graduation rate: 84.7%
College graduation rate: 30.3%

See also