New York's 26th Congressional District elections, 2012

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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
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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 will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 26th congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.
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 Kathy Hochul (D), who was first elected to the House in a special election on May 24, 2011. Due to redistricting, Hochul is running in the redrawn 27th district, and 27th district incumbent Brian Higgins is running in the new 26th.

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.[2] 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.[3]

Candidates appearing in the general election will be listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they will represent on the ballot.

Candidates

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.[7]

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate


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.[8]

Redistricting has made the district even more solidly Democratic.[9][10]

District history

2011

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.[11]

See also

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