New York's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 26, 2012
Gregory W. Meeks
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.
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.
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. 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.
Candidates appearing in the general election will be listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they will represent on the ballot.
General election candidates
June 26, 2012 primary results
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.
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. 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, among others.
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. He and Meng have also been involved in some intense campaigning, each sharply criticizing the other. Lancman sent out a mass mailing decrying Meng's and Crowley's stances on Israel and national defense.
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.
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.
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.
|U.S. House, New York Congressional District 6 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Gregory W. Meeks Incumbent||76.3%||85,096|
|Republican||Asher E. Taub||10.6%||11,826|
- United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in New York, 2012
- New York Times "Judge Moves Congressional Primary Date to June," January 27, 2012
- Electoral fusion ruins elections
- Working Family Party: Fusion voting
- NYTimes blog "Three officials announce bids to replace Ackerman," March 19, 2012
- New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed May 30, 2012
- New York Elections "2012 Candidate List"
- New York Elections "2012 Candidate List"
- Roll Call "Democratic Primary Going to Wire in Queens," June 19, 2012
- New York Daily News "Elizabeth Crowley, Grace Meng Log NY-6 Nods," April 23, 2012
- New York Daily News "Queens rivals for Congress duke it out," June 7, 2012
- Capital New York "Lancman goes nuclear in a mail piece against Meng and Crowley," June 19, 2012
- Politicker "Elizabeth Crowley Takes The Gloves Off, Bops Lancman [Video," June 18, 2012]
- Washington Post, "The Fix," "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"