New York's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

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U.S. House, New York District 21 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElise Stefanik 53% 96,226
     Democratic Aaron Woolf 32.5% 59,063
     Green Matt Funiciello 10.6% 19,238
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3.9% 7,031
Total Votes 181,558
Source: New York State Board of Elections


2012

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New York's 21st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Elise Stefanik Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Owens Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Toss Up[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss Up[3]


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 held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Elise Stefanik (R) became the youngest female ever to serve in the U.S. House when she defeated Aaron Woolf (D) and Matt Funiciello (Green) in the general election.
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New York's 21st Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014. Both The Cook Political Report and FairVote rated this district's 2014 election as a toss up.[4][5] 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 did not run for re-election, leaving the seat open.

Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf did not face a challenger in the primary election, but the primary race between Republican candidates Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny was more competitive. Stefanik was endorsed by the majority of Republican leaders in the district and had been campaigning significantly longer than Doheny. On the other hand, Public Opinion Strategies released a poll before Doheny had officially announced his candidacy showing Doheny with a significant lead over Stefanik. Stefanik had also received criticism for not being a native of New York's 21st District.[6] Despite these factors, Stefanik easily defeated Doheny in the June 24 Republican primary. Since Doheny also ran uncontested in the Independence primary, he was still set to be on the ballot in the November general election, although he stated that he would not be actively campaigning and endorsed Stefanik for the seat.[7] Later, the Conservative Party nominated Doheny for a judgeship in the 2nd Judicial District of the New York Supreme Court. Since candidates could not run for more than one office at a time, Doheny was removed from the Independence line in the U.S. Congressional election, allowing the Independence Party to endorse Stefanik.[8][9]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 14, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: New York is one 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.[10][11][12]

Voter registration: To vote in the federal primary, voters had to register by May 30, 2014. To vote in the state primary, voters had to register by August 15, 2014.[13]

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.[14]

Candidates

General election candidates

*Although Matt Doheny won the Independence primary, he was later nominated for a state Supreme Court judgeship, removing him from the ballot and allowing the Independence Party to endorse Stefanik.[15]


June 24, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary


Conservative Party Conservative Primary


Independence Party of America Independence Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Working Families Party Working Families Primary


Green Party Green Primary

Disqualified

Failed to file


Election results

General election

U.S. House, New York District 21 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElise Stefanik 53% 96,226
     Democratic Aaron Woolf 32.5% 59,063
     Green Matt Funiciello 10.6% 19,238
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3.9% 7,031
Total Votes 181,558
Source: New York State Board of Elections

Primary election

U.S. House, New York District 21 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElise Stefanik 60.8% 16,489
Matt Doheny 39.2% 10,620
Total Votes 27,109
Source: New York State Board of Elections - Official Election Results

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 was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.[24]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Elise Stefanik (R) to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[25][26]

Independence and Conservative Party filings

In addition to the Republican and Conservative parties, Elise Stefanik also tried to file with the Independence Party. However, the New York Board of Elections declared her petitions to be invalid. The investigation arose after Stefanik accused her opponent in the Republican primary, Matt Doheny, of producing fraudulent signatures. Doheny retaliated by accusing Stefanik of the same offense, and the New York Board of Elections declared both Stefanik's Independence petitions and Doheny's Conservative petitions invalid.[27]

Youngest congresswoman

Elise Stefanik became the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.[28] Prior to Stefanik's election in 2014, the record for youngest congresswoman had been held by Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY). Holtzman was elected in 1972 at the age of 31.[29]

Endorsements

Elise Stefanik

Elise Stefanik received the following endorsements:

  • The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund[30]
  • Several community and business leaders, listed on her website[31]
  • New York Assemblyman Dan Stec[32]
  • Rep. Paul Ryan[33]
  • The Essex County Board of Supervisors (14 out of 18 supervisors)[34]
  • The Franklin County Conservative Party[35]
  • Eleven of the 12 Republican county chairs in New York's 21st District[36]
  • The Support, Honor, Elect (SHE) PAC[37]
  • Mitt Romney[38]
  • Matt Doheny, Stefanik's rival in the GOP primary[7]

Aaron Woolf

Aaron Woolf received the following endorsements:

Matt Funiciello

Matt Funiciello received the following endorsements:

Issues

See also: Energy and the 2014 election: the ballots and beyond

Campaign themes

Aaron Woolf

Aaron Woolf listed the following issues, among others, on his campaign website:[43]

  • Economy and Jobs: "Great strides have been made on the road to recovery since the economic recession, but too many New York counties are still saddled with high unemployment. Aaron’s top priority as Congressman will be to support opportunities for job growth across the district."
  • Education: "Our kids deserve the very best in education. From Pre-K through high school, it’s incumbent upon us to ensure they’re well prepared for what comes next. In our district, that means fighting to see that rural schools are given the resources they need to thrive and serve kids in the area."
  • Seniors: "Social Security and Medicare are part of a sacred trust between citizens and their government. Working men and women paid into the system all their lives, and so they deserve to know the program will be there for them in full when they retire."
  • Foreign policy and Fort Drum: "America has long been a leader on the world stage, standing for democracy and stability. Our allies depend on us to be there for them in times of need.
    Aaron believes America must continue to strengthen those partnerships – including our longstanding commitment to Israel – and work with allies around the world to defeat terrorist elements around the globe. In that same way we must prevent bad actors like Iran from arming themselves with nuclear weapons, and contain others like North Korea to keep those weapons out of the hands of terrorists."
  • Healthcare: "The Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed.
    As an example, we must eliminate the medical device excise tax. In a field where America leads the world, we should not be punishing success and innovation."

[44]

—Aaron Woolf, Campaign website (archive)

Elise Stefanik

Elise Stefanik listed the following themes on her campaign website:[45]

  • Economy: "Create jobs and economic opportunities for small businesses to grow in Upstate New York."
  • Regulatory & Tax Reform: "Reduce the out-of-control tax and regulatory burdens facing small businesses by reforming the tax code to be flatter and fairer."
  • Healthcare: "Repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense solutions to lower health care costs and improve quality and access."
  • Fiscal Responsibility: "Fight for fiscal responsibility by balancing the budget and protecting and preserving entitlements."
  • Agriculture: "Support Upstate farmers – the backbone of our North Country communities."
  • Veterans & Military Families: "Protect Fort Drum and ensure veterans and military families receive the care and services they’ve earned."
  • Constitution: "Defend constitutional liberties, protect the 2nd Amendment."
  • Immigration: "A nation of immigrants, a nation of laws."
  • Energy: "Affordable energy means ‘all of the above’."
  • Environment: "Preserving our greatest asset for future generations."
  • Education: "Local and accountable."

[44]

—Elise Stefanik, Campaign website (archive)

Matt Funiciello

Matt Funiciello listed the following issues on his campaign website:[46]

  • Single Payer Health Care: Medicare for all, providing quality health care for all Americans. Everybody in, nobody out. Save taxpayer money and build a healthier country.
  • $15 Minimum Wage: Real living wages for all.
  • End Corporate Welfare: Make the 1% pay their fair share! No more taxpayer handouts to corporations like GE who don’t pay their taxes and eliminate jobs. Support locally owned businesses treating workers well instead.
  • Real Farm Policy: Support local and organic farming. Cut subsidies to big agribusiness. Rebuild a publicly-owned regional infrastructure to support local farming.
  • Climate Sanity: Ban fracking nationally. End subsidies to fossil fuels and nuclear. Build a clean, green future with public jobs to create a 100% renewable, clean energy future. Cut carbon emissions 80% by 2030.
  • Green New Deal: Create good public jobs at living wages in jobs that need doing across the country.
  • End the Military-Industrial-Spying State: Protect privacy rights and prevent government spying on data or metadata without a warrant. Slash the military budget, bring the troops home.

[44]

—Matt Funiciello, Campaign website (archive)

Polls

General election polls

General election candidates
Poll Elise Stefanik (R) Aaron Woolf (D)Matt Funiciello (G)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling (October 27–28, 2014)
47%33%14%6%+/-4.14560
Siena College Research Institute (October 20-22, 2014)
50%32%11%7%+/-3.8670
Siena College Research Institute (September 4-9, 2014)
46%33%10%11%+/-4.0591
AVERAGES 47.67% 32.67% 11.67% 8% +/-3.98 607
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


General election candidates if Doheny had won the Republican primary
Poll Matt Doheny (R) Aaron Woolf (D)Matt Funiciello (G)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Opinion Strategies (May 19-20, 2014)
43%21%5%31%+/-4.9400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican primary polls

Matt Doheny vs. Elise Stefanik
Poll Matt Doheny Elise StefanikMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Opinion Strategies** (January 20-21, 2014)
49%13%+/-5.83283
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Note: Some news sources called the accuracy of this poll into question, as Public Opinion Strategies previously worked for Doheny.[47]

Media

Aaron Woolf

Aaron Woolf released a campaign ad in September 2014 attacking his Republican opponent, Elise Stefanik, for being a "Washington-insider."[48]


Woolf 2014 campaign ad attacking Elise Stefanik

Matt Doheny

  • Matt Doheny discussed his campaign for Congress in his first 2014 campaign ad.[49]
  • American Crossroads, a conservative super PAC, released an attack ad against Doheny in early June of 2014. The ad criticized Doheny for losing three previous elections, being sued over not paying rent, being charged for boating while intoxicated and reportedly breaking labor laws.[50]

Matt Doheny's first 2014 campaign ad

American Crossroads ad attacking Doheny

Elise Stefanik


Stefanik 2014 campaign ad

Campaign contributions

Bill Owens

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Owens’ reports before he announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.[51]

Bill Owens (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[52]April 15, 2013$15,447.11$165,782.76$(44,541.43)$136,688.44
July Quarterly[53]July 15, 2013$136,688.44$230,465.29$(60,722.51)$306,431.22
October Quarterly[54]October 15, 2013$306,431.22$212,991.29$(71,491.65)$447,930.86
Year-End Quarterly[55]December 31, 2013$447,930$181,879$(82,321)$547,488
Running totals
$791,118.34$(259,076.59)

Aaron Woolf

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Woolf's reports.[56]

Aaron Woolf (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[57]April 15, 2014$0.00$417,184.96$(13,779.89)$403,405.07
Running totals
$417,184.96$(13,779.89)

Elise Stefanik

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Stefanik's reports.[58]

Elise Stefanik (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[59]October 15, 2013$0.00$180,569.22$(15,712.59)$164,856.63
Year-End[60]January 31, 2014$164,856.63$75,035.52$(37,764.40)$202,127.75
April Quarterly[61]April 15, 2014$202,127.75$268,760.03$(120,062.43)$350,825.35
Running totals
$524,364.77$(173,539.42)

Matt Doheny

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Doheny's reports.[62]

Matt Doheny (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[63]April 15, 2014$0.00$542,167.00$(25,722.19)$516,444.81
Running totals
$542,167$(25,722.19)

District history

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2012

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Paul Tonko won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Theodore Danz (R) in the general election.[64]

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

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