New York's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014

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New York's 26th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Brian Higgins Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

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

New York U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 26th 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 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 is Brian Higgins (D), who was first elected in 2004.

New York's 26th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes part of Erie County.[8]


General election candidates

June 24, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Working Families Party Working Families Primary


Campaign contributions

Brian Higgins

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Higgins’ reports.[11]

Brian Higgins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2013$429,442.61$51,046.21$(54,016.97)$426,471.85
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2013$426,471.85$137,561.97$(68,178.72)$495,855.10
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2013$498,943.00$73,665.54$(117,916.35)$454,692.19
Year-End Quarterly[15]December 31, 2013$454,692$259,755$(59,330)$642,194
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$642,194.86$73,311.98$(51,883.10)$663,623.74
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Brian Higgins (D) won re-election to the United States House. He ran in the 26th District due to redistricting. He defeated Michael Madigan in the general election.

U.S. House, New York District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Higgins Incumbent 69.7% 212,588
     Republican Michael Madigan 23.5% 71,666
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.8% 20,707
Total Votes 304,961
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"


On May 24, 2011, Kathy Hochul won a special election to represent New York's largely conservative 26th Congressional district. She defeated Republican Jane Corwin.[17]


On November 2, 2010, Christopher John Lee won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Philip A. Fedele (D) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House, New York District 26 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher John Lee incumbent 68.3% 151,449
     Democratic Philip A. Fedele 24.5% 54,307
     Blank/Scattering 7.2% 16,007
Total Votes 221,763

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  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. The Buffalo News, "Egriu designating petitions dealt Board of Elections setback," accessed May 19, 2014
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  17. New York Times, "Democrats Capture House Seat in Special Election," accessed December 26, 2011
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013