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New York's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014

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New York's 26th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Brian Higgins Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Brian Higgins Democratic Party
Brian Higgins.JPG

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[3]

New York U.S. House Elections
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2014 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 4, 2014.

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.[4][5][6]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Brian Higgins (D), who was first elected in 2004.

New York's 26th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes part of Erie County.[7]


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June 24, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Working Families Party Working Families Primary


Campaign contributions

Brian Higgins

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Higgins’ reports.[10]

District history


On November 6, 2012, Brian Higgins (D) won re-election to the United States House. He ran in the 26th district due to redistricting. He defeated Michael Madigan in the 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"


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.[20]

See also

External links


  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. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. New York Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 14, 2014
  9. The Buffalo News, "Egriu designating petitions dealt Board of Elections setback," accessed May 19, 2014
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins April Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins Pre-Primary," accessed October 31, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Higgins Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
  20. New York Times "Democrats Capture House Seat in Special Election," Accessed December 26, 2011