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New York's 22nd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 26, 2012
- 1 Fusion voting
- 2 Candidates
- 3 Election results
- 4 Race background
- 5 Impact of redistricting
- 6 District history
- 7 See also
- 8 References
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: New York has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.
- 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. 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.
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. 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.
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
June 26, 2012 primary results
|U.S. House, New York District 22 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Richard Hanna Incumbent||56.4%||157,941|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
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.
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.
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. Kicinski supported more immediate changes, while Hanna had worked toward 20- or 30-year plans. Kicinski also pledged not to raise the debt ceiling, while he said Hanna voted three times to raise the debt ceiling.
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.
Kicinski was also endorsed by two state pro-life groups. 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.
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.
- 24 percent from the 22nd Congressional District
- 19 percent from the 23rd Congressional District
- 57 percent from the 24th Congressional District
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|
|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 22nd District became more balanced because of redistricting.
- 2012: 46D / 54R
- 2010: 48D / 52R
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 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).
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|U.S. House, New York Congressional District 22 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Maurice Hinchey Incumbent||51%||98,661|
|Republican||George K. Phillips||45.9%||88,687|
- 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," accessed November 6, 2012 (dead link)
- New York State Board of Elections, "Voting Deadline Page," accessed June 30, 2012
- Huffington Post, "Maurice Hinchey Retiring: Upstate New York Congressman Announces He Won't Seek Re-election," January 18, 2012
- New York Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
- Clarence Bee, "State Senate candidate calls for an end to fusion voting", accessed September 19, 2013
- Oregon Working Family Party, "What is Fusion Voting?", accessed September 19, 2013
- New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 18, 2012
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- New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed May 30, 2012
- Herkimer Telegram "Minor party lines mostly absent in 22nd Congressional race," May 31, 2012
- New York Election "2012 Candidate List" accessed October 17,2012
- New York Election "2012 Candidate List" accessed October 17,2012
- New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
- Little Falls Times, "Hanna leads congressional fundraising in new 22nd District," June 19, 2012
- Oneida Dispatch, "Hanna, Kicinski vie for 22nd Congressional District GOP bid," June 20, 2012
- News Channel 34 "Kicinski Says "No New Debt Limit,"" June 21, 2012 (dead link)
- Utica Observer-Dispatch, "NYS Right To Life Committee endorses Kicinski," June 11, 2012
- Utica Observer-Dispatch, "Kicinski endorsed by pro-life PAC," June 20, 2012
- Central NY YNN "Hanna faces challenging race," May 22, 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," accessed March 28, 2013