New York's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

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New York's 21st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Elise Stefanik Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Owens Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Toss Up[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss Up[3]

New York U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 21st congressional district of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

New York is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[4][5][6]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Bill Owens (D), who was first elected in 2009.

New York's 21st Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Clinton, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Hamilton, Essex, Warren, Washington and Fulton counties and parts of Saratoga and Herkimer counties.[7]


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*Although Matt Doheny won the Independence primary, he was later nominated for a state Supreme Court judgeship, removing him from the ballot and allowing the Independence Party to endorse Stefanik.[8]

June 24, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Independence Party of America Independence Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Green Party Green Primary


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Incumbent Bill Owens (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[17]

District history


On November 6, 2012, Bill Owens (D) won re-election to the United States House. He ran in the 21st district due to redistricting in 2011. He defeated Matt Doheny in the general election.

U.S. House, New York District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Owens Incumbent 47.1% 126,631
     Republican Matthew Doheny 45.3% 121,646
     Green Donald Hassig 1.6% 4,174
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.1% 16,290
Total Votes 268,741
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"


On November 2, 2010, Paul Tonko was elected to the United States House. He defeated Theodore J. Danz, Jr. (R who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[18]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 21 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Tonko Incumbent 56.9% 124,889
     Republican Theodore J. Danz, Jr. 39.1% 85,752
     Blank/Scattering 4% 8,784
Total Votes 219,425

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. New York Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  8. State of Politics, "Stefanik Lands Indy Line," accessed September 24, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Home," accessed March 11, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Capitol Confidential, "Matt Doheny to launch third bid for NY-21," accessed March 11, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1, "Democrats choose filmmaker Aaron Woolf to run for Congress in North Country," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 14, 2014
  13. WWNY TV, "Macomb's Burke Announces Bid For Congress," accessed March 11, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 WWNY TV 7, "Burke, Hassig Kicked Off Ballot In Congressional Race," accessed May 19, 2014
  15. Joe Gilbert for U.S. Congress, "About Joe," accessed October 24, 2013 (dead link)
  16. Email submission to Ballotpedia on December 30, 2013
  17. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"