New York's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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New York's 23rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Reed Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Lean R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean R[3]


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

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The 23rd Congressional District of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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New York's 23rd Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014. The Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI) rates the district as R+3 , or moderately Republican.[4] FairVote concurs, giving the district a rating of 45.6% Democratic.[5] Previous elections likewise reveal a Republican lean to the district, with President Barack Obama (D) losing the district by 1.2% in 2012 and incumbent Tom Reed (R) winning the district in the same year by a 3.6% margin of victory.

Although New York's 23rd is consistently rated Republican, Reed is viewed as a vulnerable incumbent. Some Republicans worry that Reed is not putting enough effort into his re-election campaign, especially since he won by such a small margin in 2012. While Reed has received more money in campaign contributions than his Democratic challenger, Martha Robertson has raised significantly more money than most candidates in their first run for a national seat. Furthermore, Reed has received the majority of his money from outside organizations and political action committees, whereas Robertson's contributions have come almost entirely from voters.[6]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 14, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.[7][8][9]

Voter registration: To vote in the federal primary, voters had to register by May 30, 2014. To vote in the state primary, voters had to register by August 15, 2014.[10]

See also: New York elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Tom Reed (R), who was first elected in 2010.

New York's 23rd Congressional District is located in the southwestern portion of the state and includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins and Chemung counties and parts of Ontario and Tioga counties.[11]

Candidates

General election candidates


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

Disqualified


Race background

Martha Robertson is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[14]

Green Party candidates

Aaron Andrew Keister submitted petitions for two potential Green Party candidates, Amber Cole and Darin Robbins, to the New York Board of Elections. However, both Cole and Robbins claimed that they had no idea that Keister was gathering petitions for them, as they had not planned to run. The New York Board of Elections subsequently disqualified Cole and Robbins from the primary. However, John Conklin, spokesperson for the New York Board of Elections, stated that Keister's actions were not illegal, and that they had actually disqualified Cole because the address on the petition was incorrect and Robbins because the signatures were submitted late.[15] Even if his actions were not strictly illegal, this calls Keister's motives into question. Keister recently received money from the New York Republican Federal Campaign Committee and he previously worked for the National Republican Congressional Committee, so there is speculation that Keister may have been working with Republican incumbent Tom Reed, attempting to add a Green candidate to the general election, which would draw away votes from his Democratic opponent, Martha Robertson.[16] Reed denied any knowledge of Keister's actions.[17]

Endorsements

Tom Reed

Tom Reed has been endorsed by the following:

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce[18]
  • The Chemung County Republican Committee[19]
  • The Seneca County Republican Committee[20]
  • The Tompkins County Republican Committee[21]
  • The Ontario County Republican Committee[22]

Martha Robertson

Martha Robertson has been endorsed by the following:

Campaign contributions

Tom Reed

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Reed’s reports.[26]

Tom Reed (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]May 16, 2013$115,517.97$229,008.61$(97,935.81)$246,590.77
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$246,590.77$450,719.64$(157,344.31)$539,966.10
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$539,966.10$554,293.68$(182,377.52)$911,882.26
Year-End Quarterly[30]December 31, 2013$911,882$242,669$(246,548)$918,446
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$918,446.68$392,247.37$(235,234.36)$1,075,459.69
Running totals
$1,868,938.3$(919,440)

Martha Robertson

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Robertson's reports.[32]

Martha Robertson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$0.00$278,049.34$(30,105.48)$247,943.86
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$247,943.86$175,278.16$(47,894.72)$375,327.30
Year-End[35]January 31, 2014$375,327.30$273,623.70$(89,279.64)$559,671.36
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$559,671.36$330,366.06$(76,526.64)$813,510.78
Running totals
$1,057,317.26$(243,806.48)

Media

Martha Robertson

  • In October 2013, Martha Robertson released an introductory campaign ad, describing her background and her position on key issues.[37]

Robertson 2014 campaign ad

Tom Reed

  • In January 2014, Tom Reed released an internet video promoting his 2014 re-election campaign.[38]

Reed 2014 campaign ad

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Tom Reed (R) won re-election to the United States House. He ran in the 23rd District due to redistricting in 2011. He defeated Nate Shinagawa (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, New York District 23 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Reed Incumbent 49.2% 137,669
     Democratic Nate Shinagawa 45.6% 127,535
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 5.2% 14,592
Total Votes 279,796
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bill Owens won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Matthew Dohney (R) and Douglas Hoffman (Conservative) in the general election.[39]

U.S. House, New York District 23 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Owens incumbent 45.1% 82,232
     Republican Matthew A. Doheny 44% 80,237
     Conservative Douglas L. Hoffman 5.8% 10,507
     Blank/Scattering N/A 5.2% 9,534
Total Votes 182,510

See also

External links

References

  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. The Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index, Districts of the 113th Congress," accessed May 26, 2014
  5. FairVote, "2014 Elections in New York," accessed May 26, 2014
  6. The Buffalo News, "Rep. Tom Reed faces trouble in 2014 challenge from Democrat Martha Robertson," accessed May 26, 2014
  7. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  9. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  10. New York Board of Elections Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  11. New York Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 14, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ithaca Journal, "Greens claim 'dirty tricks'," accessed May 19, 2014
  14. The Washington Post, "DCCC adds nine names to program for top recruits," September 9, 2013
  15. WHCU Radio, "Green Party alleges “predatory politics” in 23rd congressional race," accessed May 19, 2014
  16. Ithaca Journal, "Greens claim 'dirty tricks'," accessed May 19, 2014
  17. Olean Times Herald, "Reed says he know nothing about Green Party petitions," accessed May 19, 2014
  18. Tom Reed for Congress, "Release: Reed Receives US Chamber of Commerce Endorsement," accessed May 19, 2014
  19. Tom Reed for Congress, "Release: Reed Receives Chemung County Republican Committee Endorsement," accessed May 19, 2014
  20. Tom Reed for Congress, "Release: Reed Receives Seneca County Republican Committee Endorsement," accessed May 19, 2014
  21. Tom Reed for Congress, "Release: Reed Receives Tompkins County Republican Committee Endorsement," accessed May 19, 2014
  22. Tom Reed for Congress, "Release: Reed Receives Ontario County Republican Committee Endorsement," accessed May 19, 2014
  23. EMILY's List, "EMILY’s List endorses Martha Robertson for Congress," accessed May 19, 2014
  24. SNAP PAC, "SNAP PAC Endorses Martha Robertson in New York’s 23rd Congressional District," accessed May 19, 2014
  25. J Street PAC, "All Endorsed Candidates," accessed May 19, 2014
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  30. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Reed Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
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  32. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Robertson Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Robertson July Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Robertson October Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Robertson Year-End," accessed April 28, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Robertson April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  37. YouTube, "Meet Martha Robertson," accessed May 19, 2014
  38. YouTube, "Make a Difference," accessed May 26, 2014
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013