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 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 the incumbent is Yvette D. Clarke (D), who was first elected to the House in 2006. Due to redistricting, Clarke will run in the new 9th district, and 13th district incumbent Michael Grimm will run in the new 11th.
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.
General election candidates
June 26, 2012 primary results
New York's 11th is considered to be a Tossup according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Michael Grimm is challenged by Mark Murphy. Grimm's seat is 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.
|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
- New York State Board of Elections "Voting Deadline Page," Accessed June 30, 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
- 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
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"