New York's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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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
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st congressional district of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 16, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New York has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may 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 is October 12, or October 26 in person.[1]

See also: New York elections, 2012

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

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 1st congressional district is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Suffolk county.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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

Candidates

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[7] and George Demos[8] 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.[9]


Race background

New York's 1st is considered to be a Tossup according to the New York Times race ratings. This race will be a rematch of one of the hottest 2010 races, with Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop squaring off against Randy Altschuler (R). Bishop may have an advantage due to an expected higher Democratic turnout thanks to the presidential election. However, Altschuler has recently been endrosed by the Independence Party.[10]

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.[11]

The 1st district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[12][13]

District history

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

2010

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).[14]

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

References