New York's 25th Congressional District elections, 2012

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New York's 25th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Louise Slaughter Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ann Marie Buerkle Republican Party
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New York U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 25th Congressional District of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Louise Slaughter was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

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, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12, 2012, or October 26, 2012 in person.[2]

See also: New York elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election was incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010. Due to redistricting, Buerkle ran in the redrawn 24th District; 28th District incumbent Louise Slaughter ran in the new 25th.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 25th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes most of Monroe County.[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.


Candidates

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 Working Families Party Louise Slaughter Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Conservative Party Independence Party of America Maggie Brooks


June 26, 2012 primary results

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Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate


Election results

General election

U.S. House, New York District 25 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLouise Slaughter Incumbent 55.7% 179,810
     Republican Maggie Brooks 41.3% 133,389
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3% 9,561
Total Votes 322,760
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

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Map of the 25th 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.

General election

New York's 25th was considered to be Leaning Democratic according to the New York Times race ratings. Democratic incumbent Louise Slaughter was challenged by Maggie Brooks (R), in a more conservative district due to redistricting. Questions about the 82-year-old incumbent's health also aided her Republican opponent in the race.[7]

Republican challenger Maggie Brooks had been included in the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program. The program highlighted challengers who represented the GOP's best chances to pick up congressional seats in the general election.[8]

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. According to a report in the Washington Post political blog "The Fix," New York was one of the top 10 redistricting battles in the nation.[9]

The 25th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[10][11]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 25 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:

New York Congressional District 25[12]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 25 409,733 162,766 124,811 122,156 Democratic 30.41% 27.43%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. New York's 25th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 56D / 44R
  • 2010: 66D / 34R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New York's 25th Congressional District had a PVI of D+5, which was the 151st most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 60-40 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 52-48 percent over George W. Bush (R).[14]

District history

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2010

This is the 25th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Ann Marie Buerkle was elected to the United States House. She also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party tickets. She defeated Daniel B. Maffei (D).[15]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 25 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Marie Buerkle 48.5% 104,602
     Democratic Daniel B. Maffei 48.2% 103,954
     Blank/Scattering 3.3% 7,057
Total Votes 215,613

See also

References