Battleground Friday: New York's 1st Congressional District
November 4, 2014
June 24, 2014
Cook Political Report: Lean D
Current incumbent: Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2002. Before his congressional career, he was the provost of Southampton College.
2014 candidates: Bishop is running unopposed for the Democratic, Working Families and Independence Party nominations in the primary election on June 24, 2014. Candidates George Demos and Lee Zeldin will compete in the Republican primary for a chance to take on Bishop in the general election. Zeldin is also running on the Conservative Party ticket. Jason Strom is running as a Libertarian.
What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: FairVote and the Cook Political Report both rate New York's 1st Congressional District as highly competitive, but even these two sources predict different outcomes. FairVote predicts that the Democratic candidate will have a slight advantage in this election, rating the district as 51.3% Democratic. In contrast, the Cook Political Reports Partisan Voter Index (PVI) rates New York's 1st as R+2, or a moderately Republican district. Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop has been in office for ten years, but he won re-election in 2012 by a mere 4.6% margin of victory. The 2012 presidential elections leaned Democratic as well, but President Barack Obama won the district by only 0.5%.
FEC: In contrast to the majority of elections, the incumbent does not have the monetary advantage in New York's 1st District. As of the April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) report, Bishop was leading Zeldin $722,062.86 to $410,746.08 in terms of cash on hand. Demos had a significant lead over the other candidates, with $1,271,946.98 cash on hand. It is important to note, however, that Demos contributed $2 million in loans to his own campaign, whereas Zeldin has been receiving more campaign donations from individuals in the District.
- The information above was compiled following the New York candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 1st District's election page.
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- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "BISHOP, Timothy H., (1950 - )," accessed June 12, 2014
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- The Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index, Districts of the 113th Congress," accessed May 24, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Tim Bishop April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Lee Zeldin April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "George Demos April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
- 27 east, "Despite Limited Donations, Demos Outpaces Zeldin, Bishop In Campaign Spending," accessed June 12, 2014