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New York's 24th Congressional District elections, 2012

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New York's 24th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Dan Maffei Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Richard L. Hanna Republican 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 24th Congressional District of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Dan Maffei 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 Richard Hanna (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010. Due to redistricting, Hanna ran in the redrawn 22nd District, and 25th District incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle ran in the new 24th.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 24th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Wayne, Cayuga, and Onondaga counties and parts of Oswego County.[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 will be added when official election results are 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 Dan Maffei Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Conservative PartyIndependence Party of America Ann Marie Buerkle
Green Party Ursula Rozum


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: Brianne Murphy withdrew before the primary.[7]

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

Green Party Green party

Map of the 24th 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 24 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Maffei 47.1% 143,044
     Republican Ann Marie Buerkle Incumbent 41.9% 127,054
     Green Usula Rozum 7.5% 22,670
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3.6% 10,799
Total Votes 303,567
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Race background

General election

New York's 24th was considered to be a Tossup according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle was challenged by Dan Maffei (D) in a district that was more Democratic than the one she won in 2010. Buerkle was considered to be the most vulnerable incumbent in New York and faced a tough rematch from Maffei.[9]

New York's 24th District had been included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization had specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[10]

Incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle was a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program, a program to help House Republicans stay on offense and increase their majority in 2012.[11]

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 24th 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 24 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:

New York Congressional District 24[15]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 24 409,462 138,796 143,110 127,556 Republican 3.11% -13.26%
"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 24th District became more balanced because of redistricting.[16]

  • 2012: 57D / 43R
  • 2010: 52D / 48R

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 24th Congressional District had a PVI of D+4, which was the 157th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 57-43 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 52-48 percent over George W. Bush (R).[17]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

This is the 24th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Richard L. Hanna was elected to the United States House. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party tickets. He defeated Michael A. Arcuri (D).[18]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 24 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard L. Hanna 51.2% 101,559
     Democratic Michael A. Arcuri 45.3% 89,809
     Blank/Scattering 3.6% 7,045
Total Votes 198,413

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. Syracuse Post-Standard "Former Rep. Dan Maffei says he's ready for rematch with Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle," accessed December 23, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 18, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed May 30, 2012
  9. New York Times "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
  10. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  11. NRCC "Patriot Program 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"