New York's 22nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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New York's 22nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Richard Hanna Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Maurice Hinchey Democratic Party
Maurice Hinchey.jpg

New York U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 22nd congressional district of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 22nd 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 Maurice Hinchey (D), who was first elected to the House in 1992. He is retiring instead of running for re-election in 2012.[2] Due to redistricting, 24th district incumbent Richard Hanna is running in the new 22nd.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Dan Lamb
Republican Party Independence Party of America Richard Hanna Green check mark transparent.png

June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: George Phillips and Tom Engel withdrew before the primary.[4][3]

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Note: Julie Miller[5] withdrew before the primary.[6] Richard Hanna did not appear on the general ballot.[7]

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

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Republican primary

Michael Kicinski Sr. is challenging incumbent Richard Hanna in the Republican primary. Hanna has the obvious advantage of being an incumbent, along with having campaign funds far exceeding those of any competitors.[9]

Kicinski, who founded a local Tea Party group, says Hanna hasn't made good on his campaign promises to reduce the budget and uphold the debt limit.[10] Kicinski supports more immediate changes, while Hanna has worked toward 20- or 30-year plans.[10] Kicinski has also pledged not to raise the debt ceiling, while he says Hanna voted three times to raise the debt ceiling.[11]

Neither candidate supports federal subsidies for wind energy, and both support hydrofracking, a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas, although Kicinski says he only supports it if done responsibly. Both oppose the nationalized health care bill known as Obamacare, but Hanna sees some good parts of the bill, particularly those requiring coverage for pre-existing conditions.[10]

Kicinski has also been endorsed by two state pro-life groups.[12][13] Hanna, who was backed by the Conservative Party in his 2010 takeover of a Democratic-held seat, has been passed over by the Conservatives due to his moderate voting record. "I think both parties are owned by their extremes.... So, someplace the solutions are going to come out of that 70, 80 percent of people who don't fit those outer places," he said.[14]

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. A new map has yet to be finalized. According to a report in the Washington Post political blog "The Fix," New York is home one of the top 10 redistricting battles in the nation.[15]

District history


On November 2, 2010, Maurice Hinchey was elected to the United States House. He defeated George K. Phillips (R who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[16]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 22 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaurice Hinchey Incumbent 51% 98,661
     Republican George K. Phillips 45.9% 88,687
     Blank/Scattering 3.1% 6,010
Total Votes 193,358

See also