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Battleground Friday: New York's 21st Congressional District
November 4, 2014
June 24, 2014
Cook Political Report: Toss Up
Current incumbent: Democratic incumbent Bill Owens was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2009 and is not seeking re-election in 2014. Prior to his congressional career, Owens served in the U.S. Air Force, built a private law practice, and later served on the faculty of the State University of New York.
2012 MOV: Owens won his seat in the 2012 election with a margin of victory of 1.9 percent over Republican candidate Matt Doheny. Doheny also planned to run on the Republican ticket in 2014, but he was defeated by Elise Stefanik in the Republican primary.
2014 candidates: Incumbent Bill Owens is not running for re-election, so the Democratic Party has rallied around Aaron Woolf as their candidate of choice in the general election. Woolf ran unopposed in the Democratic and Working Families primaries on June 24, 2014. Woolf's biggest challenger will be Elise Stefanik, who defeated Matt Doheny for the Republican nomination in the primary. Stefanik is also running on the Conservative ticket. Doheny will still be on the ballot as well, because he ran unopposed for the Independence nomination, but it is still unclear whether or not he will be actively campaigning. Matt Funiciello is running in the general election for the Green Party.
What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: The Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index (PVI) rates this district as evenly matched between Democratic and Republican voters. FairVote also rates the district as very closely matched, but predicts that the 2014 election will lean slightly Democratic with 51.9 percent of the vote. In 2012, although Democratic President Barack Obama won the district by a fairly safe 6.1 percent margin of victory, Democratic incumbent Bill Owens won by a mere 1.9 percent margin of victory. In addition, Owens is not running for re-election, leaving the seat open.
FEC: According to data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), neither Woolf nor Stefanik has a significant advantage in terms of campaign finance. As of the April Quarterly FEC reports, Stefanik had raised the most money, with $524,364.77 compared to Woolf's $417,184.96. However, Stefanik spent a significant portion of her contributions preparing for the primary, so Woolf had more cash on hand, with $403,405.07 to Stefanik's $350,825.35. Doheny had actually raised slightly more than Stefanik, but he did not spend much on the primary, and he will probably not campaign for the general election, although he will be on the ballot.
- The information above was compiled following the New York candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 21st District's election page.
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- U.S. House battleground districts, 2014
- New York's 21st Congressional District
- New York's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014
- Bill Owens
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- FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
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- The Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index, Districts of the 113th Congress," accessed May 26, 2014
- FairVote, "2014 Elections in New York," accessed May 26, 2014