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{{nydis26congtoc}}The [[New York's 27th congressional district|26th congressional district of New York]] will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
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{{nydis26congtoc}}{{tnr}}The '''[[New York's 26th Congressional District|26th Congressional District of New York]]''' held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
[[File:NY26.jpg|thumb|300px|This is the 26th congressional district prior to the [[Redistricting in New York|2011 redistricting]].]]
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[[Brian Higgins]] was re-elected on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/New York ''ABC News'', "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
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|Filing deadline=April 16, 2012
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|Primary date=June 26, 2012
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|Primary=New York has a [[Closed primary|closed primary]] system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.
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|Voter registration=Voters had to register to [[Voting in the 2012 primary elections|vote in the primary]] by June 1, 2012. For the [[Voting in the 2012 general elections|general election]], the voter registration deadline was October 12, 2012 or October 26, 2012 in person.<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingDeadlines.html ''New York State Board of Elections'' "Voting Deadline Page," accessed June 30, 2012]</ref>
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|State=New York
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|Incumbent=Heading into the election was incumbent [[Kathy Hochul]] (D), who was first elected to the House in a special election on May 24, 2011. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Hochul ran in the redrawn [[New York's 27th Congressional District elections, 2012|27th District]], and [[New York's 27th Congressional District elections, 2012|27th District]] incumbent [[Brian Higgins]] ran in the new 26th. }}
  
Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the [[Signature_requirements_and_deadlines_for_2012_U.S._Congress_elections|signature filing deadline]] April 16, 2012. On January 27, 2012, [[judgepedia:Gary Sharpe|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.<ref>[http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/judge-moves-congressional-primary-date-to-june/ ''New York Times'' "Judge Moves Congressional Primary Date to June," January 27, 2012]</ref>
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This was the first election using [[Congressional redistricting maps implemented after the 2010 Census|new district maps based on 2010 Census data]]. [[New York's 26th Congressional District]] is located in the western portion of the [[New York|state]] and includes part of Erie County.<ref>[http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/File:New_York_Congress_Map_2012.jpg ''New York Redistricting Map'' "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012]</ref>
 
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Heading into the election the incumbent is [[Kathy Hochul]] (D), who was first elected to the House in a special election on May 24, 2011. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Hochul is running in the redrawn [[New York's 27th congressional district elections, 2012|27th district]], and [[New York's 27th congressional district elections, 2012|27th district]] incumbent [[Brian Higgins]] is running in the new 26th.
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==Fusion voting==
 
==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.
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Opponents of fusion voting argue that the process results in dealmarking to ensure that patronage is rampant.<ref>[http://wnymedia.net/wnymedia/buffalopundit/2010/05/electoral-fusion-ruins-new-york-some-more/ Electoral fusion ruins elections]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.workingfamiliesparty.org/elections/fusion-the-secret-weapon/ Working Family Party: Fusion voting]</ref>
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Candidates appearing in the general election will be listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they will represent on the ballot.
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==Candidates==
 
==Candidates==
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{{Candidate list noteB|Date=October 15, 2012}}
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[[File:New York's 26th Congressional District Before and After the 2010 Census Redistricting.jpg|link=http://nycd2011.ballotpedia.censusviewer.com/client|thumb|450px|[http://nycd2011.ballotpedia.censusviewer.com/client Map of the 26th Congressional District of New York] before and after the [[Redistricting in New York|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 [http://nycd2001.ballotpedia.censusviewer.com/client here].]]
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==Election results==
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===General election===
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==Impact of redistricting==
 
==Impact of redistricting==
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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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/redistricting-battles-hit-a-fever-pitch/2011/06/03/AGN7h7HH_blog.html ''Washington Post, "The Fix,"'' "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/redistricting-battles-hit-a-fever-pitch/2011/06/03/AGN7h7HH_blog.html ''Washington Post, "The Fix,"'' "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011]</ref>
  
[[Redistricting in New York|Redistricting]] has made the district even more solidly Democratic.<ref>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2012-house/ ''Sabato Crystal Ball'' "2012 House Ratings," June 13, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.buffalonews.com/city/politics/article793418.ece ''Buffalo News'' "GOP’s Madigan steps up to challenge Higgins," April 3, 2012]</ref>
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[[Redistricting in New York|Redistricting]] made the district even more solidly Democratic.<ref>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2012-house/ ''Sabato Crystal Ball'' "2012 House Ratings," June 13, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.buffalonews.com/city/politics/article793418.ece ''Buffalo News'' "GOP’s Madigan steps up to challenge Higgins," April 3, 2012]</ref>
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The [[New York's 26th Congressional District|26th District]] was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.<ref>[http://www.censusviewer.com/district-maps/2012/08/new-york-congressional-districts-comparison-2001-2011/ ''Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer'' "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"]</ref><ref>[http://www.votermapping.com ''Labels & Lists'' "VoterMapping software voter counts"]</ref>
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*21 percent from the [[New York's 26th Congressional District|26th Congressional District]]
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*41 percent from the [[New York's 27th Congressional District|27th Congressional District]]
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*38 percent from the [[New York's 28th Congressional District|28th Congressional District]]
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===Registration statistics===
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As of October 29, 2012, District 26 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:
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! colspan="8" | New York Congressional District 26<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/enrollment/congress/congress_apr12.pdf ''New York State Board of Elections,'' "District Active Enrollment 2012," April, 2012]</ref>
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!Democrats
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| colspan="8" align="center" |<small>"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.</small>
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===District partisanship===
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====FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study====
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:''See also: [[FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012]]''
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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 26th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.<ref>[http://www.fairvote.org/assets/2012-Redistricting/NYRedistrictingAnalysis.pdf,'' "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New York," September 2012]</ref>
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*'''2012''': 60D / 40R
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*'''2010''': 51D / 49R
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====Cook Political Report's PVI====
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:''See also: [[Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index]]''
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In 2012, ''Cook Political Report'' released its updated figures on the [[Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index|Partisan Voter Index]], which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. [[New York's 26th Congressional District]] had a PVI of D+13, which was the 81st most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by [[Barack Obama]] (D), 66-34 percent over [[John McCain]] (R). In 2004, [[John Kerry]] (D) won the district 63-37 percent over George W. Bush (R).<ref>[http://cookpolitical.com/application/writable/uploads/2012_PVI_by_District.pdf ''Cook Political Report'' "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012]</ref>
  
 
==District history==
 
==District history==
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===2011===
 
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[[File:NY26.jpg|thumb|300px|This is the 26th Congressional District prior to the [[Redistricting in New York|2011 redistricting]].]]
 
On May 24, 2011, [[Kathy Hochul]] won a special election to represent New York's largely conservative 26th Congressional district. She defeated Republican [[Jane Corwin]].<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/nyregion/democrat-capture-house-seat-in-special-election.html?_r=2&hp ''New York Times'' "Democrats Capture House Seat in Special Election," Accessed December 26, 2011]</ref>
 
On May 24, 2011, [[Kathy Hochul]] won a special election to represent New York's largely conservative 26th Congressional district. She defeated Republican [[Jane Corwin]].<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/nyregion/democrat-capture-house-seat-in-special-election.html?_r=2&hp ''New York Times'' "Democrats Capture House Seat in Special Election," Accessed December 26, 2011]</ref>
  
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New York's 26th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Brian Higgins Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Kathy Hochul Democratic Party
Kathy Hochul.jpg

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

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The 26th Congressional District of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Brian Higgins 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 Kathy Hochul (D), who was first elected to the House in a special election on May 24, 2011. Due to redistricting, Hochul ran in the redrawn 27th District, and 27th District incumbent Brian Higgins ran in the new 26th.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 26th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes part of Erie 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 Brian Higgins Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Conservative Party Independence Party of America Michael Madigan


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate Note:Dave Schnittker did not appear on the ballot.[9]

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

Map of the 26th 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.

Election results

General election

U.S. House, New York District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Higgins Incumbent 69.7% 212,588
     Republican Michael Madigan 23.5% 71,666
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.8% 20,707
Total Votes 304,961
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

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.[10]

Redistricting made the district even more solidly Democratic.[11][12]

The 26th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[13][14]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 26 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:

New York Congressional District 26[15]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 26 428,203 240,497 95,559 92,147 Democratic 151.67% 169.59%
"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 26th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[16]

  • 2012: 60D / 40R
  • 2010: 51D / 49R

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 26th Congressional District had a PVI of D+13, which was the 81st most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 66-34 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 63-37 percent over George W. Bush (R).[17]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2011

This is the 26th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On May 24, 2011, Kathy Hochul won a special election to represent New York's largely conservative 26th Congressional district. She defeated Republican Jane Corwin.[18]

See also

References

  1. York ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New York State Board of Elections "Voting Deadline Page," accessed June 30, 2012
  3. New York Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
  4. Clarence Bee, "State Senate candidate calls for an end to fusion voting", accessed September 19, 2013
  5. Oregon Working Family Party, "What is Fusion Voting?", accessed September 19, 2013
  6. 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 ny
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed May 30, 2012
  9. New York Elections Board "2012 Candidate List" accessed October 17, 2012
  10. Washington Post, "The Fix," "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011
  11. Sabato Crystal Ball "2012 House Ratings," June 13, 2012
  12. Buffalo News "GOP’s Madigan steps up to challenge Higgins," April 3, 2012
  13. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  14. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  15. New York State Board of Elections, "District Active Enrollment 2012," April, 2012
  16. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New York," September 2012
  17. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  18. New York Times "Democrats Capture House Seat in Special Election," Accessed December 26, 2011