New York's 26th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 26, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: New York has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.
- 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.
This will be 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.
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. 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.
Candidates appearing in the general election will be listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they will represent on the ballot.
General election candidates
June 26, 2012 primary 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.
- 21 percent from the 26th congressional district
- 41 percent from the 27th congressional district
- 38 percent from the 28th congressional district
- United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2012
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- United States Senate elections in New York, 2012
- New York State Board of Elections "Voting Deadline Page," Accessed June 30, 2012
- New York Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
- Electoral fusion ruins elections
- Working Family Party: Fusion voting
- New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 18, 2012
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- New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed May 30, 2012
- New York Elections Board "2012 Candidate List" accessed October 17, 2012
- Washington Post, "The Fix," "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011
- Sabato Crystal Ball "2012 House Ratings," June 13, 2012
- Buffalo News "GOP’s Madigan steps up to challenge Higgins," April 3, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- New York Times "Democrats Capture House Seat in Special Election," Accessed December 26, 2011