New York's 19th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 26, 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.
Heading into the election the incumbent is Nan Hayworth (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010. Due to redistricting, Hayworth is running in the redrawn 18th district, and 20th district incumbent Chris Gibson is running in the new 19th.
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
Two relatively unknown candidates are seeking the Democratic nod to face Republican incumbent Chris Gibson in the general election. Dutchess County legislator Joel Tyner will face former federal prosecutor Julian Schreibman in the June 26 Democratic primary.
The two agree on many issues. Tyner has made opposition to hydrofracking -- a controversial method of oil and natural gas recovery -- a main theme of his campaign, but Schreibman also says he opposes the technique "100%." Both candidates also have said they will not be yes-men for President Barack Obama. And each has a similar goal of protecting Social Security. On health care, there is some differentiation, as Tyner calls for a single-payer system, while Schreibman supports "universal access to health care" and favors the health care legislation already passed and known as "Obamacare."
Schreibman has been endorsed by retiring Representative Maurice Hinchey, and argues that he is the more electable candidate in the Republican-leaning district. He also says he has a greater fundraising capability, which would help battle "an avalanche of unregulated corporate money" in the general election.
But Tyner is quick to criticize the sources of Schreibman's campaign contributions as coming from "investors." He also highlights his own history of being elected to his county seat despite being in a heavily Republican area, while Schreibman's stint as county Democratic chairman saw party losses in the state Legislature.
The race could go either way, particularly with extremely low voter turnout expected.
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 19 General Election, 2010|
- 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
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