Redistricting Upends Many Primary Elections

A recent court decision threw out the district maps for New York members of the U.S. House of Representatives and members of the New York State Senate.  As a result, the primaries for these offices have been moved to August 23rd and the lowest unit rate period will begin on July 9th.  For all other offices, the primaries will be held as scheduled on June 28th and the lowest unit rate period began on May 14th.

Redistricting has caused a major upheaval pitting democrat against democrat.  For example, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee will be running against Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chair of the House Oversight Committee.  Rep. Sean P. Maloney decided to run against his fellow democrat Rep. Mondaire Jones, forcing Jones to run in the newly created 10th district in New York City.  Former NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio is also running for Congress in this new district.  There are several open seats following the retirement of Rep. John Katko and Rep. Tom Reed.  In addition, Rep. Antonio Delgado is now the Lt. Governor and his former seat is now open.

Even if there are no competitive races, many members of Congress have seen their districts change and will be running in counties and towns that are new to them.  The same is true for the New York State Senate.

From a broadcaster’s perspective, redistricting may result in an increase in political advertising.  Stations should be aware of these changes and the potential for increased demand for political time.

To find out the latest in who is running for office in the NY democratic primaries by District click HERE.

To find out how these districts have changed for both members of Congress and the New York State Senate click HERE.

To see a complete list of the primary and general election dates click HERE.

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