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New York's 22nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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New York's 22nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Richard Hanna Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Maurice Hinchey Democratic Party
Maurice Hinchey.jpg

New York U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 22nd Congressional District of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Richard Hanna 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 Maurice Hinchey (D), who was first elected to the House in 1992. He is retired instead of running for re-election in 2012.[3] Due to redistricting, 24th District incumbent Richard Hanna ran in the new 22nd.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 22nd Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties and parts of Broome, Herkimer, and Oswego counties.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Candidates appearing in the general election will be listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they will represent on the ballot.


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been 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 Dan Lamb
Republican Party Independence Party of America Richard Hanna Green check mark transparent.png

June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: George Phillips and Tom Engel withdrew before the primary.[8][7]

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Note: Julie Miller[9] withdrew before the primary.[10] Richard Hanna did not appear on the general ballot.[11]

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

Election results

General election

U.S. House, New York District 22 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hanna Incumbent 56.4% 157,941
     Democratic Dan Lamb 36.4% 102,080
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 7.2% 20,168
Total Votes 280,189
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Race background

General election

New York's 22nd was considered to be Leaning Republican according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Richard L. Hanna was challenged by Dan Lamb (D). Hanna, a moderate, already had to fend off a Tea Party challenger in the primary and was now being attacked by Lamb for approving Paul Ryan's budget.[13]

Map of the 22nd 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.

Republican primary

Michael Kicinski Sr. challenged incumbent Richard Hanna in the Republican primary. Hanna had the obvious advantage of being an incumbent, along with having campaign funds far exceeding those of any competitors.[14]

Kicinski, who founded a local Tea Party group, said Hanna hadn't made good on his campaign promises to reduce the budget and uphold the debt limit.[15] Kicinski supported more immediate changes, while Hanna had worked toward 20- or 30-year plans.[15] Kicinski also pledged not to raise the debt ceiling, while he said Hanna voted three times to raise the debt ceiling.[16]

Neither candidate supported federal subsidies for wind energy, and both supported hydrofracking, a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas, although Kicinski said he only supported it if done responsibly. Both opposed the nationalized health care bill known as Obamacare, but Hanna saw some good parts of the bill, particularly those requiring coverage for pre-existing conditions.[15]

Kicinski was also endorsed by two state pro-life groups.[17][18] Hanna, who was backed by the Conservative Party in his 2010 takeover of a Democratic-held seat, had been passed over by the Conservatives this year due to his moderate voting record. "I think both parties are owned by their extremes.... So, someplace the solutions are going to come out of that 70, 80 percent of people who don't fit those outer places," he said.[19]

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. A new map had yet to be finalized. According to a report in the Washington Post political blog "The Fix," New York was home to one of the top 10 redistricting battles in the nation.[20]

The 22nd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[21][22]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 22 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:

New York Congressional District 22[23]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 22 404,901 132,074 165,909 106,918 Republican 49.93% 111.18%
"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 22nd District became more balanced because of redistricting.[24]

  • 2012: 46D / 54R
  • 2010: 48D / 52R

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 22nd Congressional District had a PVI of R+3, which was the 206th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 50-50 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 54-46 percent over John Kerry (D).[25]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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This is the 22nd Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Maurice Hinchey was elected to the United States House. He defeated George K. Phillips (R who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[26]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 22 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaurice Hinchey Incumbent 51% 98,661
     Republican George K. Phillips 45.9% 88,687
     Blank/Scattering 3.1% 6,010
Total Votes 193,358

See also


  1. York ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012 (dead link)
  2. New York State Board of Elections, "Voting Deadline Page," accessed June 30, 2012
  3. Huffington Post, "Maurice Hinchey Retiring: Upstate New York Congressman Announces He Won't Seek Re-election," January 18, 2012
  4. New York Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  5. Clarence Bee, "State Senate candidate calls for an end to fusion voting", accessed September 19, 2013
  6. Oregon Working Family Party, "What is Fusion Voting?", accessed September 19, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 18, 2012
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  9. New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed May 30, 2012
  10. Herkimer Telegram "Minor party lines mostly absent in 22nd Congressional race," May 31, 2012
  11. New York Election "2012 Candidate List" accessed October 17,2012
  12. New York Election "2012 Candidate List" accessed October 17,2012
  13. New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
  14. Little Falls Times, "Hanna leads congressional fundraising in new 22nd District," June 19, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Oneida Dispatch, "Hanna, Kicinski vie for 22nd Congressional District GOP bid," June 20, 2012
  16. News Channel 34 "Kicinski Says "No New Debt Limit,"" June 21, 2012 (dead link)
  17. Utica Observer-Dispatch, "NYS Right To Life Committee endorses Kicinski," June 11, 2012
  18. Utica Observer-Dispatch, "Kicinski endorsed by pro-life PAC," June 20, 2012
  19. Central NY YNN "Hanna faces challenging race," May 22, 2012
  20. Washington Post, "The Fix," "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011
  21. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  22. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  23. New York State Board of Elections, "District Active Enrollment 2012," April, 2012
  24. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New York," September 2012
  25. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013