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New York's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

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New York's 21st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Owens Democratic Party
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New York U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 21st Congressional District of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 14, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: New York is 1 of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by May 30, 2014, for the federal primary, and August 15, 2014, for the state primary.[4]

See also: New York elections, 2014

Incumbent: The district's incumbent, Bill Owens (D), who was first elected in 2009, announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.

New York's 21st Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Clinton, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Hamilton, Essex, Warren, Washington and Fulton counties and parts of Saratoga and Herkimer counties.[5]


Race background

Before announcing his retirement in January 2014, incumbent Bill Owens (D) was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[13]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Elise Stefanik (R) to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[14][15]

Campaign contributions

Bill Owens

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Owens’ reports.[16]

Bill Owens (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$15,447.11$165,782.76$(44,541.43)$136,688.44
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$136,688.44$230,465.29$(60,722.51)$306,431.22
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$306,431.22$212,991.29$(71,491.65)$447,930.86
Year-End Quarterly[20]December 31, 2013$447,930$181,879$(82,321)$547,488
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Bill Owens (D) won re-election to the United States House. He ran in the 21st District due to redistricting in 2011. He defeated Matt Doheny (R) in the general election.

U.S. House, New York District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Owens Incumbent 47.1% 126,631
     Republican Matthew Doheny 45.3% 121,646
     Green Donald Hassig 1.6% 4,174
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.1% 16,290
Total Votes 268,741
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"


On November 2, 2010, Paul Tonko won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Theodore Danz (R) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, New York District 21 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Tonko incumbent 56.9% 124,889
     Republican Theodore J. Danz, Jr. 39.1% 85,752
     Blank/Scattering Write-in 4% 8,784
Total Votes 219,425

See also

External links


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. New York Board of Elections Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. New York Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  6., "Democrats choose filmmaker Aaron Woolf to run for Congress in North Country," February 12, 2014
  7. WWNY TV, "Macomb's Burke Announces Bid For Congress," accessed March 11, 2014
  8. Joe Gilbert for U.S. Congress, "About Joe", accessed October 24, 2013
  9. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Home," accessed March 11,2 014
  10. Email submission to Ballotpedia on December 30, 2013
  11. Capitol Confidential, "Matt Doheny to launch third bid for NY-21," accessed March 11, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 14, 2014
  13. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  14. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
  15. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Owens Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Owens April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Owens July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Owens October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Owens Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013