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|Primary date=June 26, 2012
 
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|Primary=New York had a [[Closed primary|closed primary]] system, meaning only registered members of a particular party could vote in that party's primary.
 
|Primary=New York had a [[Closed primary|closed primary]] system, meaning only registered members of a particular party could vote in that party's primary.
|Voter registration=Voters had to register to [[Voting in the 2012 primary elections|vote in the primary]] by June 1, 2012. For the [[Voting in the 2012 general elections|general election]], the voter registration deadline was October 12, 2012, or October 26, 2012 in person.<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingDeadlines.html ''New York State Board of Elections'' "Voting Deadline Page," accessed June 30, 2012]</ref>
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|Voter registration=Voters had to register to [[Voting in the 2012 primary elections|vote in the primary]] by June 1, 2012. For the [[Voting in the 2012 general elections|general election]], the voter registration deadline was October 12, 2012, or October 26, 2012 in person.<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingDeadlines.html ''New York State Board of Elections'', "Voting Deadline Page," accessed June 30, 2012]</ref>
 
|State=New York
 
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|Incumbent=Heading into the election the incumbent was [[Gregory W. Meeks]] (D), who was first elected to the House in 1998. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Meeks ran in the [[New York's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012|5th District]], and 5th District incumbent [[Gary Ackerman]]'s territory would be the 6th, but Ackerman did not seek re-election in 2012. }}
 
|Incumbent=Heading into the election the incumbent was [[Gregory W. Meeks]] (D), who was first elected to the House in 1998. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Meeks ran in the [[New York's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012|5th District]], and 5th District incumbent [[Gary Ackerman]]'s territory would be the 6th, but Ackerman did not seek re-election in 2012. }}
  
This was the first election using [[Congressional redistricting maps implemented after the 2010 Census|new district maps based on 2010 Census data]]. [[New York's 6th Congressional District]] was located in the eastern portion of the [[New York|state]] and includes Queens county.<ref>[http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/File:New_York_Congress_Map_2012.jpg ''New York Redistricting Map'' "Map" Accessed August 31, 2012]</ref>
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This was the first election using [[Congressional redistricting maps implemented after the 2010 Census|new district maps based on 2010 Census data]]. [[New York's 6th Congressional District]] was located in the eastern portion of the [[New York|state]] and includes Queens county.<ref>[http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/File:New_York_Congress_Map_2012.jpg ''New York Redistricting Map'', "Map" Accessed August 31, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Fusion voting==
 
==Fusion voting==
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[[Rory Lancman]] and [[Grace Meng]], both members of the [[New York Assembly]], ran for the Democratic nod in the 6th, along with city councilwoman [[Elizabeth Crowley]] and physician [[Robert Mittman]]. Elizabeth Crowley's cousin, U.S. Representative and Queens Democratic Party Chairman [[Joseph Crowley]], endorsed Meng over his relative. As a local Democratic leader, the congressman was heavily invested in the race; analysts suggested he would benefit from backing a winner after he endorsed a candidate in 2010 who went on to lose to Republican [[Bob Turner]] in an upset.<ref name="rc">[http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_153/Democratic-Primary-Going-to-Wire-in-Queens-215475-1.html?pos=hln ''Roll Call'', "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," June 19, 2012]</ref>
 
[[Rory Lancman]] and [[Grace Meng]], both members of the [[New York Assembly]], ran for the Democratic nod in the 6th, along with city councilwoman [[Elizabeth Crowley]] and physician [[Robert Mittman]]. Elizabeth Crowley's cousin, U.S. Representative and Queens Democratic Party Chairman [[Joseph Crowley]], endorsed Meng over his relative. As a local Democratic leader, the congressman was heavily invested in the race; analysts suggested he would benefit from backing a winner after he endorsed a candidate in 2010 who went on to lose to Republican [[Bob Turner]] in an upset.<ref name="rc">[http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_153/Democratic-Primary-Going-to-Wire-in-Queens-215475-1.html?pos=hln ''Roll Call'', "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," June 19, 2012]</ref>
  
Regardless, the party was not expected to lose the seat. Joe Crowley's interest in supporting Meng was more about bolstering the "perceived strengths" of the local Democratic organization, analysts said.<ref name="rc"/> Meng had the cash advantage, as well as the race advantage in a 40-percent Asian district. She also was endorsed by ''The New York Times'' and EMILY's List,<ref name="rc"/> among others.<ref name="log">[http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/04/elizabeth-crowley-grace-meng-log-ny-6-nods ''New York Daily News'' "Elizabeth Crowley, Grace Meng Log NY-6 Nods," April 23, 2012]</ref>
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Regardless, the party was not expected to lose the seat. Joe Crowley's interest in supporting Meng was more about bolstering the "perceived strengths" of the local Democratic organization, analysts said.<ref name="rc"/> Meng had the cash advantage, as well as the race advantage in a 40-percent Asian district. She also was endorsed by ''The New York Times'' and EMILY's List,<ref name="rc"/> among others.<ref name="log">[http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/04/elizabeth-crowley-grace-meng-log-ny-6-nods ''New York Daily News'', "Elizabeth Crowley, Grace Meng Log NY-6 Nods," April 23, 2012]</ref>
  
Lancman made a race of it, however. He was endorsed by the ''New York Daily News'' and the ''Queens Chronicle'', and strongly pursued the Jewish vote.<ref name="rc"/> He and Meng also were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.<ref name="duke">[http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-06-07/news/32106893_1_grace-meng-millionaires-tax-assemblyman-rory-lancman ''New York Daily News'' "Queens rivals for Congress duke it out," June 7, 2012]</ref><ref name="cap">[http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/06/6013311/lancman-goes-nuclear-mail-piece-against-meng-and-crowley ''Capital New York'', "Lancman goes nuclear in a mail piece against Meng and Crowley," June 19, 2012]</ref> Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.<ref name="cap"/>  
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Lancman made a race of it, however. He was endorsed by the ''New York Daily News'' and the ''Queens Chronicle'', and strongly pursued the Jewish vote.<ref name="rc"/> He and Meng also were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.<ref name="duke">[http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-06-07/news/32106893_1_grace-meng-millionaires-tax-assemblyman-rory-lancman ''New York Daily News'', "Queens rivals for Congress duke it out," June 7, 2012]</ref><ref name="cap">[http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/06/6013311/lancman-goes-nuclear-mail-piece-against-meng-and-crowley ''Capital New York'', "Lancman goes nuclear in a mail piece against Meng and Crowley," June 19, 2012]</ref> Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.<ref name="cap"/>  
  
 
Lancman also accused Meng of not supporting [[New York Assembly]] legislation to increase the tax on millionaires. Meng said she was instrumental in passing the measure, and some Assembly leadership have said both Lancman and Meng played a big roll in the new tax bill.<ref name="duke"/>
 
Lancman also accused Meng of not supporting [[New York Assembly]] legislation to increase the tax on millionaires. Meng said she was instrumental in passing the measure, and some Assembly leadership have said both Lancman and Meng played a big roll in the new tax bill.<ref name="duke"/>
  
Elizabeth Crowley mostly stayed out of attack mode, but released an ad accusing Lancman of being too involved in the [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]] process and benefiting himself with the redrawn lines.<ref name="gloves">[http://politicker.com/2012/06/elizabeth-crowley-takes-the-gloves-off-bops-lancman-video/ ''Politicker'' "Elizabeth Crowley Takes The Gloves Off, Bops Lancman [Video]," June 18, 2012]</ref>
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Elizabeth Crowley mostly stayed out of attack mode, but released an ad accusing Lancman of being too involved in the [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]] process and benefiting himself with the redrawn lines.<ref name="gloves">[http://politicker.com/2012/06/elizabeth-crowley-takes-the-gloves-off-bops-lancman-video/ ''Politicker'', "Elizabeth Crowley Takes The Gloves Off, Bops Lancman [Video]," June 18, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Impact of redistricting==
 
==Impact of redistricting==
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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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/redistricting-battles-hit-a-fever-pitch/2011/06/03/AGN7h7HH_blog.html ''Washington Post, "The Fix,"'' "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/redistricting-battles-hit-a-fever-pitch/2011/06/03/AGN7h7HH_blog.html ''Washington Post, "The Fix,"'' "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011]</ref>
  
The [[New York's 6th Congressional District|6th District]] was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.<ref>[http://www.censusviewer.com/district-maps/2012/08/new-york-congressional-districts-comparison-2001-2011/ ''Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer'' "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"]</ref><ref>[http://www.votermapping.com ''Labels & Lists'' "VoterMapping software voter counts"]</ref>
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The [[New York's 6th Congressional District|6th District]] was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.<ref>[http://www.censusviewer.com/district-maps/2012/08/new-york-congressional-districts-comparison-2001-2011/ ''Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer'', "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"]</ref><ref>[http://www.votermapping.com ''Labels & Lists'', "VoterMapping software voter counts"]</ref>
 
*35 percent from the [[New York's 5th Congressional District|5th Congressional District]]
 
*35 percent from the [[New York's 5th Congressional District|5th Congressional District]]
 
*6 percent from the [[New York's 6th Congressional District|6th Congressional District]]
 
*6 percent from the [[New York's 6th Congressional District|6th Congressional District]]
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====Cook Political Report's PVI====
 
====Cook Political Report's PVI====
 
:''See also: [[Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index]]''
 
:''See also: [[Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index]]''
In 2012, ''Cook Political Report'' released its updated figures on the [[Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index|Partisan Voter Index]], which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. [[New York's 6th Congressional District]] had a PVI of D+12, which was the 84th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by [[Barack Obama]] (D), 64-36 percent over [[John McCain]] (R). In 2004, [[John Kerry]] (D) won the district 63-37 percent over George W. Bush (R).<ref>[http://cookpolitical.com/application/writable/uploads/2012_PVI_by_District.pdf ''Cook Political Report'' "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012]</ref>
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In 2012, ''Cook Political Report'' released its updated figures on the [[Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index|Partisan Voter Index]], which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. [[New York's 6th Congressional District]] had a PVI of D+12, which was the 84th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by [[Barack Obama]] (D), 64-36 percent over [[John McCain]] (R). In 2004, [[John Kerry]] (D) won the district 63-37 percent over George W. Bush (R).<ref>[http://cookpolitical.com/application/writable/uploads/2012_PVI_by_District.pdf ''Cook Political Report'', "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012]</ref>
  
 
==District history==
 
==District history==

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New York's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Grace Meng Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Gregory W. Meeks Democratic Party
Gregory W. Meeks.jpg

New York U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Grace Meng was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 16, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New York had a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party could vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by June 1, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12, 2012, or October 26, 2012 in person.[2]

See also: New York elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Gregory W. Meeks (D), who was first elected to the House in 1998. Due to redistricting, Meeks ran in the 5th District, and 5th District incumbent Gary Ackerman's territory would be the 6th, but Ackerman did not seek re-election in 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 6th Congressional District was located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Queens county.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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 were added after official election results had been 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 PartyWorking Families Party Grace Meng Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Conservative Party Libertarian Party Daniel Halloran
Green Party Evergreen Chou


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative candidate

Working Families Party Working Families candidate

Green Party Green candidate

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate


Election results

General Election

U.S. House, New York District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGrace Meng 59.6% 111,499
     Republican Daniel Halloran 27.2% 50,845
     Green Evergreen Chou 1% 1,913
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 12.1% 22,675
Total Votes 186,932
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Race background

Map of the 6th 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.

Democratic primary

Rory Lancman and Grace Meng, both members of the New York Assembly, ran for the Democratic nod in the 6th, along with city councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and physician Robert Mittman. Elizabeth Crowley's cousin, U.S. Representative and Queens Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Crowley, endorsed Meng over his relative. As a local Democratic leader, the congressman was heavily invested in the race; analysts suggested he would benefit from backing a winner after he endorsed a candidate in 2010 who went on to lose to Republican Bob Turner in an upset.[10]

Regardless, the party was not expected to lose the seat. Joe Crowley's interest in supporting Meng was more about bolstering the "perceived strengths" of the local Democratic organization, analysts said.[10] Meng had the cash advantage, as well as the race advantage in a 40-percent Asian district. She also was endorsed by The New York Times and EMILY's List,[10] among others.[11]

Lancman made a race of it, however. He was endorsed by the New York Daily News and the Queens Chronicle, and strongly pursued the Jewish vote.[10] He and Meng also were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.[12][13] Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.[13]

Lancman also accused Meng of not supporting New York Assembly legislation to increase the tax on millionaires. Meng said she was instrumental in passing the measure, and some Assembly leadership have said both Lancman and Meng played a big roll in the new tax bill.[12]

Elizabeth Crowley mostly stayed out of attack mode, but released an ad accusing Lancman of being too involved in the redistricting process and benefiting himself with the redrawn lines.[14]

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.[15]

The 6th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[16][17]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 6 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:

New York Congressional District 6[18]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 6 319,385 183,382 51,912 84,091 Democratic 253.26% -654.95%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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 6th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[19]

  • 2012: 60D / 40R
  • 2010: 85D / 15R

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New York's 6th Congressional District had a PVI of D+12, which was the 84th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 64-36 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 63-37 percent over George W. Bush (R).[20]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

This was the 6th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Gregory W. Meeks was re-elected to the United States House for a seventh term. He defeated Asher E. Taub (R who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[21]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGregory W. Meeks Incumbent 76.3% 85,096
     Blank/Scattering 13.1% 14,651
     Republican Asher E. Taub 10.6% 11,826
Total Votes 111,573

See also

References

  1. York ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New York State Board of Elections, "Voting Deadline Page," accessed June 30, 2012
  3. New York Redistricting Map, "Map" Accessed August 31, 2012
  4. Clarence Bee, "State Senate candidate calls for an end to fusion voting", accessed September 19, 2013
  5. Oregon Working Family Party, "What is Fusion Voting?", accessed September 19, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 NYTimes blog "Three officials announce bids to replace Ackerman," March 19, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed May 30, 2012
  8. New York Elections "2012 Candidate List"
  9. New York Elections "2012 Candidate List"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Roll Call, "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," June 19, 2012
  11. New York Daily News, "Elizabeth Crowley, Grace Meng Log NY-6 Nods," April 23, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Daily News, "Queens rivals for Congress duke it out," June 7, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 Capital New York, "Lancman goes nuclear in a mail piece against Meng and Crowley," June 19, 2012
  14. Politicker, "Elizabeth Crowley Takes The Gloves Off, Bops Lancman [Video," June 18, 2012]
  15. Washington Post, "The Fix," "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011
  16. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "New York's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  17. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  18. New York State Board of Elections, "District Active Enrollment 2012," April, 2012
  19. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New York," September 2012
  20. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"