United States Senate elections in New York, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in New York

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November 6 Election Winner:
Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic Party
Kirsten Gillibrand.jpg

Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Solid D (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in New York will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.
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: The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand (D). First appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2009, Gillibrand is running for re-election in 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.[2]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Independence Party of America Kirsten Gillibrand
Republican Party Conservative Party Wendy Long
Libertarian Party Chris Edes
Green Party Colia Clark
Independent John Mangelli (Common Sense Party)

June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Republican Party Republican primary

Conservative Party Conservative primary

Working Families Party Working Families primary

Independence Party of America Independence primary

Green Party Green party primary

Race background

Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. She ran unopposed for her party's nomination in the June 26th primary, where three Republicans faced off to see which one of them will take her on in the general election. Attorney Wendy Long defeated U.S. Representative Bob Turner and county comptroller George Maragos for the Republican nomination.

Republican Primary

Polls conducted prior to the June primary had Turner and Long out ahead of Maragos, but also showed none of the three having very good chances of beating Gillibrand[7] in the strongly Democratic state.[8]

Long and Maragos took a more conservative stance compared to Turner. For example, Turner did not take a "no tax increases" pledge along with the other two. Turner said he's more ready to compromise in order to get things accomplished in Washington.[9] Maragos has also criticized his opponents for not seeking to repeal New York's legalization of same-sex marriage.[9]

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani endorsed Turner.[9] Giuliani says Turner's special election victory last year to succeed Anthony Weiner was "an unbelievable shot."[10] Despite Giuliani's endorsement, Turner lost in the Republican primary to attorney Wendy Long. County comptroller George Maragos also ran. Long received 51% of the vote[11] and will face Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand in the November general election.


The New York Times' analysis of the 2012 New York Senate race rated it as solid Democratic.[12]

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations: [13]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- New York Senate
Month Rating
July 12, 2012[14]     
May 31, 2012[15]     
May 10, 2012[16]     
March 22, 2012[17]     
March 1, 2012[18]     
January 26, 2012[19]     
December 22, 2011[20]     
December 1, 2011[21]     

Election history



On November 2, 2010, Chuck Schumer was re-elected to the United States Senate for a third term. He defeated Jay Townsend (R/Conservative), Colia Clark (Green), and Randy A. Credico (Anti-Prohibition, Libertarian).[22]

United States Senate, New York General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Schumer Incumbent 64% 3,047,880
     Republican Jay Townsend 31.1% 1,480,423
     Green Colia Clark 3.5% 168,384
     Anti-Prohibition, Libertarian Randy A. Credico 0.9% 42,341
     Blank/Scattering 0.5% 24,871
Total Votes 4,763,899

On November 2, 2010, Gillibrand was elected to keep her appointment to the United States Senate. She defeated Joseph J. DioGuardi (R), Cecile A. Lawrence (Green), John Clifton (Libertarian), Joseph Huff (Rent Is 2 Damn High), Vivia Morgan (Anti-Prohibition), and Bruce Blakeman (Tax Revolt).[23]

United States Senate, New York Special Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKirsten Gillibrand Incumbent 59.6% 2,837,684
     Republican Joseph J. DioGuardi 33.3% 1,582,693
     Green Cecile A. Lawrence 0.7% 35,489
     Libertarian John Clifton 0.4% 18,414
     Rent Is 2 Damn High Joseph Huff 0.4% 17,019
     Anti-Prohibition Vivia Morgan 0.2% 11,787
     Tax Revolt Bruce Blakeman 0.1% 4,516
     Blank/Scattering 5.3% 250,033
Total Votes 4,757,635

See also


  1. New York State Board of Elections "Voting Deadline Page," Accessed June 30, 2012
  2. New York Times "Judge Moves Congressional Primary Date to June," January 27, 2012
  3. Buffalo News "Day after win, NY Sen. Gillibrand is running again," Accessed January 6, 2012
  4. Politico "Dem rival Scott Noren tries to 'Occupy' Kirsten Gillibrand," Accessed January 6, 2012
  5. PolitickerNY "George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller, First Out of Gate Against Gillibrand," Accessed January 6, 2012
  6. NYTimes blog "His District Likely to Be Cut, Congressman Eyes Gillibrand’s Senate Seat," March 13, 2012
  7. Watertown Daily Times "In north country stop, Maragos touts conservatism, visits to region," June 24, 2012
  8. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 New York Times "G.O.P. Senate Hopefuls Compete in a TV Debate," June 17, 2012
  10. WNYC "Long, Turner and Maragos: The Race to Replace Gillibrand," June 15, 2012
  11. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 27, 2012
  12. The New York Times, "2012 Ratings Senate," accessed September 17, 2012
  13. Cook Political Report "Our Accuracy," Accessed December 12, 2011
  14. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," July 12, 2012
  15. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
  16. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 10, 2012
  17. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 22, 2012
  18. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 1, 2012
  19. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," January 26, 2012
  20. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 27, 2011
  21. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 1, 2011
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"