New York's 15th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 26, 2012
Jose E. Serrano
Charles B. Rangel
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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 Charlie Rangel (D), who was first elected to the House in 1970. Due to redistricting, Rangel is running in the redrawn 13th district, and 16th district incumbent Jose Serrano is running in the new 15th.
This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 15th congressional district is located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes parts of New York City.
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.
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General election candidates
June 26, 2012 primary results
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.
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 15th District remained Democratic after redistricting.
- 2012: 91D / 9R
- 2010: 91D / 9R
Cook Political Report's PVI
In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New York's 15th congressional district has a PVI of D+41, which is the most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 95-5 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 89-11 percent over George W. Bush (R).
On November 2, 2010, Charlie Rangel was re-elected to the United States House for a twenty first term. He defeated Michel J. Faulkner (R who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket), Craig Schley (Independence, Vote People Change), and Roger Calero (Socialist Worker).
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- 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
- New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed May 30, 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"
- "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"