New York's 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

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New York's 17th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Nita Lowey Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Eliot Engel Democratic Party
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New York U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 17th Congressional District of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Nita Lowey was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 16, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New York has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by June 1, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12, 2012 or October 26, 2012 in person.[2]

See also: New York elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election was incumbent Eliot Engel (D), who was first elected to the House in 1988. Due to redistricting, Engel ran in the redrawn 16th District, and 18th District incumbent Nita Lowey ran in the new 17th.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 17th Congressional District is located in the southeastern portion of the state and parts of Westchester and Rockland counties.[3]

Fusion voting

New York is one of eight states that have "electoral fusion" -- which allows more than one political party to support a common candidate. This creates a situation where one candidate will appear multiple times on the same ballot, for the same position. Electoral fusion was once widespread across the United States, but is now commonly practiced only in New York.

Opponents of fusion voting argue that the process results in dealmarking to ensure that patronage is rampant.[4] Proponents maintain that fusion voting allows for minor parties to actually make a difference during the election, allowing voters the opportunity to vote for a minority party platform but still affect the general election result.[5]

Candidates appearing in the general election will be listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they will represent on the ballot.


Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Nita Lowey Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Carvin
Independent Francis Morganthaler


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Mark Rosen withdrew before the primary.[7]

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

  • Note:Joe Carvin filed to run, but did not appear on the ballot.[8]

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

Independent We the People candidate

Map of the 17th Congressional District of New York before and after the 2010 redistricting. Click on the link for an interactive map of the congressional districts in New York. For an interactive map of the districts prior to the 2010 Census, click here.

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, New York District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNita Lowey Incumbent 57.6% 171,417
     Republican Joe Carvin 30.9% 91,899
     Independent Francis Morganthaler 0.9% 2,771
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 10.5% 31,292
Total Votes 297,379
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New York

Following the results of the 2010 Census, New York lost two congressional seats, bringing its total number of representatives down from 29 to 27. According to a report in the Washington Post political blog "The Fix," New York was one of the top 10 redistricting battles in the nation.[12]

The 17th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[13][14]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 17 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:

New York Congressional District 17[15]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 17 403,656 181,622 100,626 121,408 Democratic 80.49% -244.50%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. New York's 17th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[16]

  • 2012: 55D / 45R
  • 2010: 58D / 42R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New York's 17th Congressional District had a PVI of D+5, which was the 141st most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 59-41 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 46-54 percent over George W. Bush (R).[17]

District history

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2010

This was the 17th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Eliot Engel was re-elected to the United States House for a twelfth term. He defeated Anthony Mele (R), and York J. Kleinhandler (Conservative).[18]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 17 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEliot L. Engel Incumbent 68.5% 95,346
     Republican Anthony Mele 21.4% 29,792
     Blank/Scattering 6% 8,327
     Conservative York J. Kleinhandler 4.1% 5,661
Total Votes 139,126

See also

References

  1. York ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New York State Board of Elections, "Voting Deadline Page," accessed June 30, 2012
  3. New York Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  4. Clarence Bee, "State Senate candidate calls for an end to fusion voting", accessed September 19, 2013
  5. Oregon Working Family Party, "What is Fusion Voting?", accessed September 19, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 17, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Daily Cortlandt "Rosen Drops Challenge of Lowey, Supports Carvin," March 21, 2012
  8. New York Elections "2012 Candidate List"
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  10. New York Elections "2012 Candidate List" accessed October 17,2012
  11. New York Elections "2012 Candidate List" accessed October 17,2012
  12. Washington Post, "The Fix," "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011
  13. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  14. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  15. New York State Board of Elections, "District Active Enrollment 2012," April, 2012
  16. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New York," September 2012
  17. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013