New York's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

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New York's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Yvette Clarke Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bob Turner Republican 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 9th congressional district of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Yvette Clarke 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. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12, or October 26 in person.[2]

See also: New York elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bob Turner (R), who was first elected to the House in 2011. Due to redistricting, Turner instead ran for U.S. Senate[3] Redistricting puts 11th district incumbent Yvette Clarke into the new 9th.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 9th congressional district was located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Kings county.[4]

Fusion voting

New York was one of eight states that have "electoral fusion" -- which allowed more than one political party to support a common candidate. This created a situation where one candidate appeared multiple times on the same ballot, for the same position. Electoral fusion was once widespread across the United States, but as of 2012, was commonly practiced only in New York.

Opponents of fusion voting argued that the process resulted in dealmarking to ensure that patronage was rampant.[5] Proponents maintained that fusion voting allows for minor parties to actually make a difference during the election, by allowing voters the opportunity to vote for a minority party platform but still affect the general election result.[6]

Candidates who appeared in the general election are listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they represented on the ballot.


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 Party Working Families Party Yvette Clarke Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Conservative Party Daniel Cavanagh
Green Party Vivia Morgan

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

Race background

Map of the 9th 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

Attorney Sylvia Kinard challenged incumbent Yvette Clarke in the June 26 Democratic primary. Kinard, who is also a minister, formerly worked as Senior Legislative Attorney for the New York City Council.[8] She was focused on addressing local concerns of unemployment and education. Kinard wanted to ensure government jobs weren't outsourced, and supported small businesses. She also said she would fight to bring more education arts funding to New York.[9]

President Barack Obama backed Clarke.[10] He said that Clarke has worked "to give a voice to the voiceless, whether it was improving educational opportunity for children, expanding access to healthcare for women in need, or helping small businesses expand and add new jobs."[11]

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.[12]

The 9th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[13][14]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 9 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New York State Board of Elections:

New York Congressional District 9[15]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 9 368,841 277,210 27,267 64,364 Democratic 916.65% 701.05%
"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 9th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[16]

  • 2012: 80D / 20R
  • 2010: 87D / 13R

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 9th congressional district had a PVI of D+31, which was the 12 most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 85-15 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 81-19 percent over George W. Bush (R).[17]</nowiki>

District history


On September 13, 2011, Bob Turner won a special election to the United States House.

This was the 9th congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

See also