New York's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

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New York's 17th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Nita Lowey Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Nita Lowey Democratic Party
Nita Lowey.jpeg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[3]

New York U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 17th congressional district of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

New York is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[4][5][6]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Nita Lowey (D), who was first elected in 1988.

New York's 17th Congressional District is located in the southeastern portion of the state and parts of Westchester and Rockland counties.[7]


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June 24, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Working Families Party Working Families Primary


Campaign contributions

Nita Lowey

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lowey’s reports.[9]

Nita Lowey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2013$417,573.87$382,454.15$(474,142.01)$325,886.01
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2013$325,886.01$142,689.76$(103,382.88)$365,192.89
October Quarterly[12]October 15, 2013$365,192.89$187,330.86$(104,462.94)$448,060.81
Year-End Quarterly[13]December 31, 2013$448,060$209,406$(92,662)$556,355
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2014$556,355.52$298,172.95$(146,011.68)$708,516.79
Pre-Primary[15]June 12, 2014$708,516.79$172,887.52$(152,410.38)$728,993.93
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2014$728,993.93$130,722.19$(7,427.15)$852,288.97
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2014$852,288.97$316,745.26$(379,327.12)$789,707.11
Pre-General[18]October 23, 2014$789,707.11$123,208.41$(372,462.59)$540,452.93
Running totals

District history


On November 6, 2012, Nita Lowey (D) won re-election to the United States House. She ran in the 17th district due to redistricting in 2011. She defeated Joe Carvin in the general election.

U.S. House, New York District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNita Lowey Incumbent 57.6% 171,417
     Republican Joe Carvin 30.9% 91,899
     Independent Francis Morganthaler 0.9% 2,771
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 10.5% 31,292
Total Votes 297,379
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"


On November 2, 2010, Eliot Engel was re-elected to the United States House for a twelfth term. He defeated Anthony Mele (R), and York J. Kleinhandler (Conservative).[19]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 17 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEliot L. Engel Incumbent 68.5% 95,346
     Republican Anthony Mele 21.4% 29,792
     Blank/Scattering 6% 8,327
     Conservative York J. Kleinhandler 4.1% 5,661
Total Votes 139,126

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. New York Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 14, 2014
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Nita Lowey Summary Report," accessed July 31, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Nita Lowey April Quarterly," accessed July 31, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Nita Lowey July Quarterly," accessed July 31, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Nita Lowey October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Nita Lowey Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Nita Lowey April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Nita Lowey Pre-Primary," accessed October 27, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Nita Lowey July Quarterly," accessed October 27, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Nita Lowey October Quarterly," accessed October 27, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Nita Lowey Pre-General," accessed October 27, 2014
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"