Battleground Friday: New York's 18th Congressional District

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New York's 18th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Sean Maloney Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Sean Maloney Democratic Party

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Toss Up[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely 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 18th Congressional District's 2014 election.

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.[4] Maloney is the first openly homosexual congressman in New York, and he got married on June 21, 2014.[5]

2012 MOV: Maloney won his seat in the 2012 election with a margin of victory of 3.7% over Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] FairVote rates the district as 51.5% Democratic, which is still a highly competitive race.[9] 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.
New York's 18th Congressional District
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Population: 726,712
Gender: 49.6% Male, 50.4% Female
Race: 77.2% White, 9% Black, 3.2% Asian
Ethnicity: 1.5% Hispanic
Unemployment: 9.4%
Median household income: $71,399
High school graduation rate: 88.6%
College graduation rate: 33.7%

See also