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New York's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Tim Bishop Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Bishop Democratic Party
Tim Bishop.jpg

New York U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st congressional district of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Tim Bishop was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 16, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New York had a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party could vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by June 1. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12, or October 26 in person.[2]

See also: New York elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Tim Bishop (D), who was first elected to the House in 2002.

This was be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 1st congressional district was located in the eastern portion of the state and included Suffolk county.[3]

Fusion voting

New York was one of eight states that have "electoral fusion" -- which allowed more than one political party to support a common candidate. This created a situation where one candidate appeared multiple times on the same ballot, for the same position. Electoral fusion was once widespread across the United States, but as of 2012 was commonly practiced only in New York.

Opponents of fusion voting argued that the process resulted in dealmarking to ensure that patronage was rampant.[4] Proponents maintained that fusion voting allowed for minor parties to actually make a difference during the election, and allowed voters the opportunity to vote for a minority party platform but still affect the general election result.[5]

Candidates that appeared in the general election are listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they represented on the ballot.


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Tim Bishop Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Conservative Party Independence Party of America Randy Altschuler

June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Note: Jason Sterling[8] and George Demos[9] withdrew before the primary.

Conservative Party Conservative candidate

Working Families Party Working Families candidate

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Note:Witt does not appear on the general ballot.[10]

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, New York District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Bishop Incumbent 49.3% 145,198
     Republican Randy Altschuler 44.7% 131,650
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6% 17,730
Total Votes 294,578
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Race background

New York's 1st was considered to be a Tossup according to the New York Times race ratings. This race was a rematch of one of the hottest 2010 races, with Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop squaring off against Randy Altschuler (R). Bishop may have had an advantage due to an expected higher Democratic turnout thanks to the presidential election. However, Altschuler had recently been endorsed by the Independence Party.[11]

New York's 1st District had been included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[12]

Republican challenger Randy Altschuler had been included in the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program. The program highlighted challengers who represented the GOP's best chances to pick up congressional seats in the general election.[13]

Impact of redistricting

Map of the 1st congressional district of New York before and after the 2010 redistricting. Click on the link for an interactive map of the congressional districts in New York. For an interactive map of the districts prior to the 2010 Census, click here.
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.[14]

The 1st district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[15][16]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 1 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:

New York Congressional District 1[17]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 1 438,771 130,411 155,713 152,647 Republican 19.40% 2.93%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District partisanship

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 1st District became more balanced due to redistricting.[18]

  • 2012: 48D / 52R
  • 2010: 48D / 52R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New York's 1st congressional district had a PVI of Even, which was the 232nd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 58-42 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 50-50 percent over John Kerry (D).[19]

District history

This was the 1st congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.


On November 2, 2010, Tim Bishop was re-elected to the United States House for a fifth term. He defeated Randy Altschuler (Republican who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[20]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Bishop Incumbent 48.7% 98,316
     Republican Randy Altschuler 48.4% 97,723
     Blank/Scattering 3% 5,968
Total Votes 202,007

See also