New York's 20th Congressional District elections, 2012

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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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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 20th 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 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.

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 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.

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.[7]

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).[8]

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