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==Race background==

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New York's 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Charles Rangel Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Michael Grimm Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 13th congressional district of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline April 16, 2012. On January 27, 2012, Judge Gary Sharpe moved the primary date from September 11, 2012 to June 26, 2012 in order to allow for sufficient time to send absentee ballots to military voters.[1]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Michael Grimm (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010. Due to redistricting, Grimm is running in the new 11th district, and 15th district incumbent Charlie Rangel is running in the new 13th.

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.[2] 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.[3]

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

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Charles Rangel Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Craig Schley
Independent Deborah Liatos


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Working Families Party Working Families candidate

Independent Socialist Workers candidate

* As of Thursday, June 28, 2012, 94% of precincts had reported, and Charlie Rangel's lead in the Democratic primary had shrunk from 6.6 percentage points to 3 percentage points. Challenger Adriano Espaillat was just over 1,000 votes behind Rangel.[9]

Race background

Democratic primary

Charlie Rangel has represented New York's 15th district since he was first elected in 1970. Due to redistricting, his territory was redrawn into the new 13th district. The 2012 Democratic primary election presented Rangel's toughest challenge since he defeated the previous incumbent 42 years ago.[10]

State Senator Adriano Espaillat, former Bill Clinton staffer Clyde Williams, former executive Joyce Johnson, and former Rangel intern Craig Schley all challenged Rangel in the June 26 Democratic primary.[11][12]

Analysts expected race to come into play, as demographic changes and redistricting meant that the traditionally black district is now majority Hispanic.[13] Rangel's foremost challenge came from Espaillat, who was born in the Dominican Republic.[13] While considered a "black politician," Rangel also has Puerto Rican heritage.[10][13]

Two other main issues were Rangel's recent ethics violations and his extensive term in office. Rangel received censure from the U.S. House in 2010 for failing to report some income.[13] And Rangel's challengers pointed out that the 82-year-old congressman has been in office for over half his life.[12][13] The incumbent also suffered health problems this past year that kept him out of Washington for significant chunks of time, raising questions about his ability to represent the district.[13] Rangel, however, dismissed these objections: "If I can support the initiatives that we started, how can I possibly sit on the sidelines?"[10]

Debates

June 14, 2012

On June 14, 2012, all five Democratic candidates met for a debate. Rangel and Espaillat traded some intense words, with Rangel questioning a petition drive for Espaillat that the state senator says he's not involved with. Espaillat parried by bringing up Rangel's own ethics issues. Williams urged the candidates to avoid personal attacks and focus on the issues. Schley commented that Rangel was "antiquated" and was past his political prime.[12]

Super PAC involvement

The Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability has targeted Rangel for defeat in the primary.[10]

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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. In the redrawn map, the 13th district now includes much of the territory of Charlie Rangel, who represents the pre-redistricting 15th district, along with parts of the Bronx.[10]

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.[14]

District history

2010

This is the 13th congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Michael Grimm was elected to the United States House. He also ran on the Conservative Party candidate. He defeated Michael E. McMahon (D), and Tom Vendittelli (Libertarian).[15]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 13 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Grimm 49.5% 65,024
     Democratic Michael E. McMahon 46.2% 60,773
     Blank/Scattering 3.6% 4,700
     Libertarian Tom Vendittelli 0.7% 929
Total Votes 131,426

See also

References