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Battleground Friday: New York's 18th Congressional District
November 4, 2014
June 24, 2014
Cook Political Report: Lean D
Current incumbent: Democratic incumbent Sean Maloney was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2012. Prior to his congressional career, Maloney served as senior advisor to former president Bill Clinton. Maloney is the first openly homosexual congressman in New York, and he got married on June 21, 2014.
2014 candidates: Incumbent Sean Maloney ran uncontested in the primary election on June 24, 2014, for the Democratic and Working Families nominations. Challenger Nan Hayworth ran uncontested for the Republican and Conservative nominations. Hayworth also defeated Maloney for the Independence nomination. No other candidates ran in the primary.
What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: The Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI) rates the district as evenly matched between Democratic and Republican voters. FairVote rates the district as 51.5% Democratic, which is still a highly competitive race. In 2012, New York's 18th District voted Democratic in both the House and presidential races. However, Democratic incumbent Sean Maloney beat Republican Nan Hayworth by only a 3.7% margin of victory, and President Barack Obama won the district with a mere 4.3% margin of victory. Moreover, Maloney was first elected in 2012, and representatives serving their first term are often more vulnerable than those who have held office longer.
Neither Maloney nor Hayworth faced challengers in their respective primaries, but the general election will be particularly competitive because Republican challenger Hayworth held a seat in the 19th District from 2010-2012, and after New York's redistricting, was defeated by Maloney in the 2012 18th Congressional District election.
FEC: According to data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Sean Maloney has a significant monetary advantage over Nan Hayworth. As of the April Quarterly FEC reports, Maloney had $1,462,046.58 in cash on hand in contrast to Hayworth's $662,582.31, and Maloney had spent over twice Hayworth's expenditures.
- The information above was compiled following the New York candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 18th District's election page.
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- U.S. House battleground districts, 2014
- New York's 18th Congressional District
- New York's 18th Congressional District elections, 2014
- Sean Maloney
- Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
- FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
- Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
- Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress, "About," accessed June 26, 2014 (dead link)
- Politico, "New York's 1st openly gay congressman gets married," accessed June 26, 2014
- New York Board of Election, "U.S. House of Representatives Results," accessed June 26, 2014
- Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 26, 2014
- The Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index, Districts of the 113th Congress," accessed May 24, 2014
- FairVote, "2014 Elections in New York," accessed May 24, 2014