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Revision as of 19:43, 26 September 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
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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 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 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.

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 6th congressional district is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Queens 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 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

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 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.[9]

Regardless, the party is 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 say.[9] 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,[9] among others.[10]

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.[9] He and Meng also were involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other.[11][12] Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.[12]

Lancman 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.[11]

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.[13]

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.[14]

The 6th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[15][16]

District history

2010

This is 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).[17]

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

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