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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.
  
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Opponents of fusion voting argue that the process results in dealmarking to ensure that patronage is rampant.<ref>[http://wnymedia.net/wnymedia/buffalopundit/2010/05/electoral-fusion-ruins-new-york-some-more/ Electoral fusion ruins elections]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.workingfamiliesparty.org/elections/fusion-the-secret-weapon/ Working Family Party: Fusion voting]</ref>
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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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Revision as of 20:10, 26 June 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.
This is the 1st congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

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.[1]

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

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.[2] 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.[3]

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

Candidates

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


Race background

With incumbent Tim Bishop (D) and Randy Altschuler (R) unopposed in their respective primaries, the 2012 general election looks to be a rematch of 2010, when Bishop beat Altschuler by a very narrow margin. Bishop is seen as one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the New York congressional delegation.[9]

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.[10]

District history

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).[11]

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