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{{nydis20congtoc}}The [[New York's 20th congressional district|20th congressional district of New York]] will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
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{{nydis20congtoc}}{{tnr}}The '''[[New York's 20th congressional district|20th congressional district of New York]]''' held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
[[File:NY20.jpg|thumb|300px|This is the 20th congressional district prior to the [[Redistricting in New York|2011 redistricting]].]]
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[[Paul Tonko]] was re-elected on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/New York ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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|Filing deadline=April 16, 2012
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|Primary date=June 26, 2012
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|Primary=New York has a [[Closed primary|closed primary]] system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.
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|Voter registration=Voters had to register to [[Voting in the 2012 primary elections|vote in the primary]] by June 1. For the [[Voting in the 2012 general elections|general election]], the voter registration deadline was October 12, or October 26 in person.<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingDeadlines.html ''New York State Board of Elections'' "Voting Deadline Page," Accessed June 30, 2012]</ref>
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|State=New York
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|Incumbent=Heading into the election the incumbent is [[Chris Gibson]] (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Gibson is running in the redrawn [[New York's 19th congressional district elections, 2012|19th district]], and [[New York's 21st congressional district elections, 2012|21st district]] incumbent [[Paul Tonko]] is running in the new 20th. }}
  
Candidates wishing to run must file by the [[Signature_requirements_and_deadlines_for_2012_U.S._Congress_elections|signature filing deadline]] April 16, 2012. On January 27, 2012, [[judgepedia:Gary Sharpe|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.<ref>[http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/judge-moves-congressional-primary-date-to-june/ ''New York Times'' "Judge Moves Congressional Primary Date to June," January 27, 2012]</ref>
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This will be the first election using [[Congressional redistricting maps implemented after the 2010 Census|new district maps based on 2010 Census data]]. [[New York's 20th congressional district]] is located in the eastern portion of the [[New York|state]] and includes Albany and Schenectady counties and parts of Rensselaer, Montgomery, and Saratoga counties.<ref>[http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/File:New_York_Congress_Map_2012.jpg ''New York Redistricting Map'' "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012]</ref>
  
Heading into the election the incumbent is [[Chris Gibson]] (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Gibson is running in the redrawn [[New York's 19th congressional district elections, 2012|19th district]], and [[New York's 21st congressional district elections, 2012|21st district]] incumbent [[Paul Tonko]] is running in the new 20th.
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==Fusion voting==
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{{Fusionvoting}}
  
 
==Candidates==
 
==Candidates==
{{bluedot}} <u>'''Democratic Primary'''</u>
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{{Candidate list noteB|Date=October 15, 2012}}
:* [[Paul Tonko]]: ''21st district incumbent'' (Also running as a '''Working Families''' and '''Independence''' candidate)<ref name="ny">[http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/reports/rwservlet?cmdkey=whofiled_primary ''New York Board of Elections'' "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 17, 2012]</ref>
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{{reddot}} <u>'''Republican Primary'''</u>
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:* [[Robert Dieterich]] (Also running as a '''Conservative''' candidate)<ref name="ny"/>
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[[File:New York's 20th Congressional District Before and After the 2010 Census Redistricting.jpg|link=http://nycd2011.ballotpedia.censusviewer.com/client|thumb|450px|[http://nycd2011.ballotpedia.censusviewer.com/client Map of the 20th congressional district of New York] before and after the [[Redistricting in New York|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 [http://nycd2001.ballotpedia.censusviewer.com/client here].]]
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==Election results==
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===General election===
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==Impact of redistricting==
 
==Impact of redistricting==
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Under the redrawn map, the new 20th district contains a large amount territory currently represented by retiring Democrat [[Maurice Hinchey]]. The Cook Political Report has rated the race a tossup.<ref>[http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20120322/NEWS01/203220380/Redrawn-congressional-lines-promise-competitive-races?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CLocal%20News ''Ithaca Journal'' "Redrawn congressional lines promise competitive races," March 22, 2012]</ref>
 
Under the redrawn map, the new 20th district contains a large amount territory currently represented by retiring Democrat [[Maurice Hinchey]]. The Cook Political Report has rated the race a tossup.<ref>[http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20120322/NEWS01/203220380/Redrawn-congressional-lines-promise-competitive-races?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CLocal%20News ''Ithaca Journal'' "Redrawn congressional lines promise competitive races," March 22, 2012]</ref>
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The [[New York's 20th congressional district|20th district]] was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.<ref>[http://www.censusviewer.com/district-maps/2012/08/new-york-congressional-districts-comparison-2001-2011/ ''Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer'' "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"]</ref><ref>[http://www.votermapping.com ''Labels & Lists'' "VoterMapping software voter counts"]</ref>
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*20 percent from the [[New York's 20th congressional district|20th congressional district]]
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*80 percent from the [[New York's 21st congressional district|21st congressional district]]
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===Registration statistics===
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As of October 29, 2012, District 20 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:
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! colspan="8" | New York Congressional District 20<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/enrollment/congress/congress_apr12.pdf ''New York State Board of Elections,'' "District Active Enrollment 2012," April, 2012]</ref>
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!Congressional District
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!District Total
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!Democrats
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!Other & Unaffiliated
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!Advantage
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!Party Advantage
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!Change in Advantage from 2010
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|District 20
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|96.45%
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| colspan="8" align="center" |<small>"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.</small>
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===District partisanship===
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====FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study====
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:''See also: [[FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012]]''
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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 20th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.<ref>[http://www.fairvote.org/assets/2012-Redistricting/NYRedistrictingAnalysis.pdf,'' "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New York," September 2012]</ref>
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*'''2012''': 56D / 44R
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*'''2010''': 55D / 45R
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====Cook Political Report's PVI====
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:''See also: [[Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index]]''
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In 2012, ''Cook Political Report'' released its updated figures on the [[Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index|Partisan Voter Index]], which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. [[New York's 20th congressional district]] has a PVI of D+7, which is the  most 132nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by [[Barack Obama]] (D), 59-41 percent over [[John McCain]] (R). In 2004, [[John Kerry]] (D) won the district 56-44 percent over George W. Bush (R).<ref>[http://cookpolitical.com/application/writable/uploads/2012_PVI_by_District.pdf ''Cook Political Report'' "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012]</ref>
  
 
==District history==
 
==District history==
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
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[[File:NY20.jpg|thumb|300px|This is the 20th congressional district prior to the [[Redistricting in New York|2011 redistricting]].]]
 
On November 2, 2010, [[Chris Gibson]] was elected to the [[United States House]]. He also ran on the [[Conservative Party]] ticket. He defeated Scott Murphy ([[Democratic|D]]).<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>  
 
On November 2, 2010, [[Chris Gibson]] was elected to the [[United States House]]. He also ran on the [[Conservative Party]] ticket. He defeated Scott Murphy ([[Democratic|D]]).<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>  
  
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New York's 20th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Paul Tonko Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Chris Gibson Republican Party
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New York U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 20th congressional district of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Paul Tonko 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 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 was October 12, or October 26 in person.[2]

See also: New York elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Chris Gibson (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010. Due to redistricting, Gibson is running in the redrawn 19th district, and 21st district incumbent Paul Tonko is running in the new 20th.

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 20th congressional district is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Albany and Schenectady counties and parts of Rensselaer, Montgomery, and Saratoga counties.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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 Independence Party of America Paul Tonko Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Conservative Party Robert Dieterich


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

Map of the 20th 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.

Election results

General election

U.S. House, New York District 20 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Tonko Incumbent 64% 203,400
     Republican Robert Dieterich 29.5% 93,778
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.5% 20,500
Total Votes 317,678
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

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.

Under the redrawn map, the new 20th district contains a large amount territory currently represented by retiring Democrat Maurice Hinchey. The Cook Political Report has rated the race a tossup.[9]

The 20th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[10][11]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 20 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:

New York Congressional District 20[12]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 20 416,651 168,590 113,657 134,404 Democratic 48.33% 96.45%
"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 20th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 56D / 44R
  • 2010: 55D / 45R

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 measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New York's 20th congressional district has a PVI of D+7, which is the most 132nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 59-41 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 56-44 percent over George W. Bush (R).[14]

District history

2010

This is the 20th congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Chris Gibson was elected to the United States House. He also ran on the Conservative Party ticket. He defeated Scott Murphy (D).[15]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 20 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Gibson 53.2% 130,178
     Democratic Scott Murphy 43.7% 107,075
     Blank/Scattering 3.1% 7,515
Total Votes 244,768

See also

References