New York's 11th congressional district elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 26, 2012
Yvette D. Clarke
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: New York had a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party could vote in that party's primary.
- See also: New York elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Yvette D. Clarke (D), who was first elected to the House in 2006. Due to redistricting, Clarke ran in the new 9th district, and 13th district incumbent Michael Grimm ran in the new 11th.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 11th congressional district was located in the southeastern portion of the state and included Richmond County.
New York was one of eight states that had "electoral fusion" -- which allowed more than one political party to support a common candidate. This created a situation where one candidate appeared multiple times on the same ballot, for the same position. Electoral fusion was once widespread across the United States, but as of 2012, was commonly practiced only in New York.
Opponents of fusion voting argued that the process resulted in dealmarking to ensure that patronage was rampant. Proponents maintained that fusion voting allowed for minor parties to actually make a difference during the election, by allowing voters the opportunity to vote for a minority party platform but still affect the general election result.
Candidates who appeared in the general election are listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they represented on the ballot.
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General election candidates
June 26, 2012 primary results
|U.S. House, New York, District 11 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Michael Grimm Incumbent||48%||103,118|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
New York's 11th was considered to be a Tossup according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Michael Grimm was challenged by Mark Murphy. Grimm's seat was vulnerable due to a scandal involving his lead fundraiser in the 2010 campaign being under investigation by the FBI.
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.
- 7 percent from the 8th congressional district
- 3 percent from the 9th congressional district
- 90 percent from the 13th congressional district
As of October 29, 2012, District 11 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:
|New York Congressional District 11|
|Congressional District||District Total||Democrats||Republicans||Other & Unaffiliated||Advantage||Party Advantage||Change in Advantage from 2010|
|"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.|
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 11th District remained Republican after redistricting.
- 2012: 45D / 55R
- 2010: 45D / 55R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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 11th congressional district had a PVI of R+4, which was the 193rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 51-49 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 55-45 percent over John Kerry (D).
|U.S. House, New York Congressional District 11 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Yvette D. Clarke Incumbent||83.5%||104,297|
|Republican||Hugh C. Carr||8.7%||10,858|
- United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in New York, 2012
- ↑ York ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- ↑ New York State Board of Elections "Voting Deadline Page," Accessed June 30, 2012
- ↑ New York Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
- ↑ Electoral fusion ruins elections
- ↑ Working Family Party: Fusion voting
- ↑ Staten Island Real-Time News "Democrat Mark Murphy declares for Staten Island congressional seat," January 19, 2012
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," Accessed May 30, 2012
- ↑ New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed August 10, 2012
- ↑ Washington Post, "The Fix," "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011
- ↑ Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- ↑ Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- ↑ New York State Board of Elections, "District Active Enrollment 2012," April, 2012
- ↑ "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New York," September 2012
- ↑ Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"