New York's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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New York's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Steve Israel Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Peter T. King Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd congressional district of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
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 Peter T. King (R), who was first elected to the House in 1992. Due to redistricting, King will run in New York's 2nd district in 2012, and 2nd district incumbent Steve Israel (D) will run for the 3rd district seat.

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 PartyIndependence Party of America Steve Israel Green check mark transparent.png
Conservative PartyRepublican Party Independent Stephen Labate
Libertarian Party Michael McDermott
Independent Anthony Tolda


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note:Robert Previdi did not appear on the ballot.

Conservative Party Conservative candidate

Working Families Party Working Families candidate

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Independent Tax Revolt candidate

IndependentConstitution 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.[9]

District history

2010

This is the 3rd congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Peter T. King was re-elected to the United States House for a tenth term. He defeated Howard A. Kudler (D).[10]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter T. King Incumbent 70.9% 131,674
     Democratic Howard A. Kudler 27.6% 51,346
     Blank/Scattering 1.5% 2,748
Total Votes 185,768

See also

References