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New York's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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New York's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Carolyn McCarthy Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Carolyn McCarthy 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 4th 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 Carolyn McCarthy (D), who was first elected to the House in 1996.

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 4th congressional district is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Nassau county.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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 will be added when official election results are 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 PartyIndependence Party of America Carolyn McCarthy Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Francis Becker Jr.
Conservative Party Frank Scaturro


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative candidate

Working Families Party Working Families candidate

Independence Party of America Independence candidate


Impact of redistricting

Map of the 4th 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.
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. Under the new map, the 4th district has become less favorable toward incumbent Carolyn McCarthy.

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]

The 4th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

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 4th District became more balanced because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 52D / 48R
  • 2010: 55D / 45R

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 measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. XSTATEX XNUMBERX congressional district has a PVI of D+3, which is the 167th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 54-46 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-46 percent over George W. Bush (R).[12]

District history

2010

This is the 4th congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Carolyn McCarthy was re-elected to the United States House for an eighth term. She defeated Francis X. Becker, Jr. (R) who also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party tickets).[13]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn McCarthy Incumbent 53.6% 94,483
     Republican Francis X. Becker, Jr. 46.4% 81,718
     Blank/Scattering 0% 52
Total Votes 176,253

See also

References