2012 elections review: No incumbents defeated in New York

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June 27, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

In yesterday's primary, New York voters selected party nominees for the congressional elections. While New York typically holds its primary in September, it was moved to June this year; the switch contributed to low voter turnout across the state.[1]

Contested Primaries in New York -- June 26, 2012
U.S. House
(27 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 10 (37%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 6 (22.22%)

U.S. Senate

United States Senate elections in New York, 2012

Despite an endorsement from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Representative Bob Turner lost in the Republican primary to attorney Wendy Long. County comptroller George Maragos also ran. Long received 51% of the vote[2] and will face Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand in the November general election.

Long had taken a more conservative stance than Turner,[3] who won his U.S. House seat in an upset in a special election last year.[4]

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2012

The majority of primaries were uncontested in New York, but a few intense races did take place.

In New York's 13th District, 82-year-old incumbent Charlie Rangel overcame demographic shifts and ethics questions[5] to defeat a field of candidates including state Senator Adriano Espaillat. Rangel received 45% of the vote, Espaillat 40%.[6] Rangel has served in the U.S. House for 42 years thus far.[5]

Grace Meng received 51% of the vote in the four-way 6th District Democratic primary.[6] Queens Democratic Party Chairman and U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley supported Meng over his cousin Elizabeth Crowley.[7] Candidate Rory Lancman will still appear on the general election ballot, however, as he was the Working Families Party choice.[6]

In the 7th, incumbent Nydia Velazquez successfully fended off Erik Dilan,[6] the chosen candidate of Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez.[3] Two other candidates also ran, and Velazquez won with 58% of the vote.[6]

An endorsement from retiring Representative Ed Towns couldn't boost Charles Barron over Hakeem Jeffries in the 8th. Barron's outspoken comments made many Democratic leaders nervous,[8] and New York Assembly member Jeffries won with 72% of the vote.[6]

In the 18th District, former Bill Clinton aide Sean Maloney beat four Democratic challengers to win the party nod to take on vulnerable Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth[9][10] in the general election.


Members of the U.S. House from New York -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 21 21
     Republican Party 8 6
Total 29 27

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