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New York's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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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

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th congressional district of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 6th congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline April 16, 2012. On January 27, 2012, Judge Gary Sharpe moved the primary date from September 11, 2012 to June 26, 2012 in order to allow for sufficient time to send absentee ballots to military voters.[1]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Gregory W. Meeks (D), who was first elected to the House in 1998. Due to redistricting, Meeks will now run in the 5th district, and 5th district incumbent Gary Ackerman's territory would now be the 6th, but Ackerman is not seeking re-election in 2012.


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

Race background

Democratic primary

Rory Lancman and Grace Meng, both members of the New York Assembly, are running 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, has endorsed Meng over his relative. As a local Democratic leader, the congressman is heavily invested in the race; analysts suggest 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.[6]

Regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination in the 6th this year, however, the party is not expected to lose the seat. Joe Crowley's interest in supporting Meng is more about bolstering the "perceived strengths" of the local Democratic organization, analysts say.[6] Meng does have the cash advantage, as well as the race advantage in a 40-percent Asian district. She has also been endorsed by The New York Times and EMILY's List,[6] among others.[7]

Lancman is making a race of it, however. He has been endorsed by the New York Daily News and the Queens Chronicle, and is strongly pursuing the Jewish vote.[6] He and Meng have also been involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.[8][9] Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.[9]

Lancman has also accused Meng of not supporting New York Assembly legislation to increase the tax on millionaires. Meng says 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.[8]

Elizabeth Crowley has mostly stayed out of attack mode, but recently released an ad accusing Lancman of being too involved in the redistricting process and benefiting himself with the redrawn lines.[10]

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.[11]

District history


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).[12]

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