New York's 24th Congressional District elections, 2014

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New York's 24th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
John Katko Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dan Maffei Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely D[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Likely D[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely D[3]


New York U.S. House Elections
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2014 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 4, 2014. John Katko (R) defeated incumbent Rep. Dan Maffei (D) in the general election in an unexpected upset.
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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

See also: New York elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Dan Maffei (D), who was first elected in 2012.

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.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


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

Election results

General election

U.S. House, New York District 24 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Dan Maffei Incumbent 39.5% 80,304
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Katko 58.2% 118,474
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 2.3% 4,639
Total Votes 203,417
Source: New York State Board of Elections

Race background

Incumbent Dan Maffei (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.[10]

Katko's stolen pistol used in shooting

Before beginning his 2014 run for U.S. Congress, John Katko worked as a federal prosecutor in Syracuse, New York. During his 2014 bid for election, reports surfaced that on April 3, 2000, during his time as a federal prosecutor, someone had broken into his truck and stolen his pistol. That same pistol was used a couple of weeks later in a shooting at an illegal gambling house. The shooting killed two men and injured a third.[11]

Katko stated that he had obtained the gun in response to threats against him and his family, "at the urging of the United States Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation."[12] Katko reported that he had left the gun in a locked case in his truck, but a police report claimed that the gun was actually loaded and in a canvas bag in his truck. Although Katko broke no gun laws, some believed that he "likely violated federal policies for the safe handling and storage of government-issued weapons."[11] Katko's critics said that he should have kept the gun in a locked box or secured with a trigger lock.

Katko commented that he had no regrets about purchasing the gun and opposed passing any new federal gun laws, including laws to expand background checks for firearm purchases. He also opposed the New York SAFE Act.[11]

Biden and Clinton campaigning for Maffei

Vice President Joe Biden (D) appeared at a campaign event for Maffei in Syracuse on October 20, 2014.[13] Approximately 450 people were present at the event.[14]

Later that same month, former President Bill Clinton (D) announced that he would join Maffei at a "get-out-the-vote" event on October 14. Clinton attended similar rallies for Maffei in 2010 and 2012, attracting crowds of 800-1,000 people.[14]

Polls

General election polls

Dan Maffei vs. John Katko
Poll Dan Maffei (D) John Katko (R)Margin of ErrorSample Size
Global Strategy Group
(October 20-22, 2014)
45%40%+/-4.9400
Public Opinion Strategies
(September 25, 2014)
46%43%+/-4.9400
Siena College Research Institute
(September 17-18, 2014)
50%42%+/-4.0598
Public Opinion Strategies
(July 27-29, 2014)
45%40%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 46.5% 41.25% +/-4.68 449.5
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

Campaign contributions

Dan Maffei

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Maffei’s reports.[15]

Dan Maffei (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]May 16, 2013$59,851.52$307,242.41$(89,675.47)$277,418.46
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$277,418.18$315,388.34$(107,478.07)$485,328.78
October Quarterly[18]October 11, 2013$485,328.73$278,192.69$(65,994.10)$697,527.32
Year-End Quarterly[19]December 31, 2013$697,527$213,129$(5,422)$903,194
April Quarterly[20]April 14, 2014$903,194.02$315,230.52$(75,411.05)$1,143,013.49
Pre-Primary[21]June 11, 2014$1,143,013.49$200,078.37$(86,901.12)$1,256,190.74
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$1,256,190.74$226,674.51$(30,513.37)$1,452,351.88
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2014$1,452,351.88$464,883.52$(1,053,464.11)$863,771.29
Pre-General[24]October 22, 2014$863,771.29$107,735.68$(467,186.11)$504,320.86
Running totals
$2,428,555.04$(1,982,045.4)

John Katko

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Katko's reports.[25]

John Katko (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 13, 2014$0.00$105,650.00$(4,117.33)$101,532.67
Running totals
$105,650$(4,117.33)

Media

Dan Maffei


Maffei 2014 campaign ad attacking John Katko

John Katko

  • John Katko released his first campaign ad in August 2014. The ad discussed Katko's experience as a federal prosecutor working in Syracuse for the U.S. Attorney's Office.[28]
  • Katko released another campaign ad in September 2014, in which Appreonna Sullivan praised Katko for working to keep her neighborhood safe and for acting as her personal mentor.[29]

Katko 2014 campaign ad, "Courage"

Katko 2014 campaign ad, "There For All of Us"

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Dan Maffei (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated Ann Marie Buerkle in the 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 Ursula 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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Richard Hanna won election to the United States House. He defeated Michael Arcuri (D) in the general election.[30]

U.S. House, New York 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

External links

References

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  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. New York Board of Elections Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. New York Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 14, 2014
  10. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Syracuse, "Gun stolen from congressional candidate John Katko used in robbery where 2 were killed," accessed September 2, 2014
  12. NY State of Politics, "Katko: ‘No Regrets’ About Purchase, Theft of Gun," accessed September 2, 2014
  13. Syracuse Media Group, "VP Joe Biden to campaign in Syracuse for U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei," accessed October 14, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 Syracuse, "Bill Clinton will campaign in Syracuse for U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei," accessed October 23, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei Summary Report," accessed July 30, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei Pre-Primary," accessed October 31, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "John Katko Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "John Katko April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  27. YouTube, "Family," accessed September 12, 2014
  28. Auburn Citizen, "NY-24 Republican challenger John Katko unveils his first TV ad in race against Rep. Dan Maffei," accessed September 2, 2014
  29. Syracuse, "John Katko's new TV ad in race for Congress targets Syracuse families, Maffei's base," accessed September 12, 2014
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013