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.
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 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.

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 22nd congressional district is located in the central portion of the state and includes Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties and parts of Broome, Herkimer, and Oswego 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.


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 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.[7][6]

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Note: Julie Miller[8] withdrew before the primary.[9] Richard Hanna did not appear on the general ballot.[10]

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

Race background

General election

New York's 22nd is considered to be Leaning Republican according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Richard L. Hanna is challenged by Dan Lamb (D). Hanna, a moderate, already had to fend off a Tea Party challenger in the primary and is now being attacked by Lamb for approving Paul Ryan's budget.[12]

Map of the 22nd 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.

Republican primary

Michael Kicinski Sr. challenged incumbent Richard Hanna in the Republican primary. Hanna had the obvious advantage of being an incumbent, along with having campaign funds far exceeding those of any competitors.[13]

Kicinski, who founded a local Tea Party group, said Hanna hasn't made good on his campaign promises to reduce the budget and uphold the debt limit.[14] Kicinski supported more immediate changes, while Hanna has worked toward 20- or 30-year plans.[14] Kicinski also pledged not to raise the debt ceiling, while he said Hanna voted three times to raise the debt ceiling.[15]

Neither candidate supported federal subsidies for wind energy, and both supported hydrofracking, a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas, although Kicinski said he only supports it if done responsibly. Both opposed 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.[14]

Kicinski was also endorsed by two state pro-life groups.[16][17] Hanna, who was backed by the Conservative Party in his 2010 takeover of a Democratic-held seat, has been passed over by the Conservatives this year 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.[18]

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.[19]

The 22nd district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[20][21]

District history


This is the 22nd congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

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).[22]

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


  1. New York State Board of Elections "Voting Deadline Page," Accessed June 30, 2012
  2. Huffington Post "Maurice Hinchey Retiring: Upstate New York Congressman Announces He Won't Seek Re-election," January 18, 2012
  3. New York Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
  4. Electoral fusion ruins elections
  5. Working Family Party: Fusion voting
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 18, 2012
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ne
  8. New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed May 30, 2012
  9. Herkimer Telegram "Minor party lines mostly absent in 22nd Congressional race," May 31, 2012
  10. New York Election "2012 Candidate List" accessed October 17,2012
  11. New York Election "2012 Candidate List" accessed October 17,2012
  12. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed August 10, 2012
  13. Little Falls Times "Hanna leads congressional fundraising in new 22nd District," June 19, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Oneida Dispatch "Hanna, Kicinski vie for 22nd Congressional District GOP bid," June 20, 2012
  15. News Channel 34 "Kicinski Says "No New Debt Limit"," June 21, 2012
  16. Utica Observer-Dispatch "NYS Right To Life Committee endorses Kicinski," June 11, 2012
  17. Utica Observer-Dispatch "Kicinski endorsed by pro-life PAC," June 20, 2012
  18. Central NY YNN "Hanna faces challenging race," May 22, 2012
  19. Washington Post, "The Fix," "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011
  20. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  21. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"