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New York Comptroller election, 2014

New York Comptroller election, 2014

November 4, 2014

 
Nominee Thomas DiNapoli Robert Antonacci
Party Democratic Republican
Alliance Working Families Conservative

Incumbent Comptroller

Thomas DiNapoli
Democratic

The 2014 New York Comptroller election took place on November 4, 2014, to elect the New York State Comptroller. Incumbent Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli ran for re-election to a second full term in office.

Background

Incumbent Democratic Comptroller Alan Hevesi was re-elected to a second term in 2006 but resigned a few days before the term would have begun, as part of a plea agreement from charges relating to his use of state employees to chauffeur his wife, who was ill (Hevesi had been convicted before the election but still defeated Christopher Callaghan by 56% to 39%). He was succeeded as Comptroller by Democratic State Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli, who was elected in a joint session of the New York State Legislature in February 2007. DiNapoli was elected to a full term in 2010 with 51% of the vote.

Despite DiNapoli's relatively narrow win in 2010, Republicans do not believe that he is vulnerable because "Comptrollers seem to get re-elected as long as they do their jobs." They are instead concentrating their efforts on defeating Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, citing numerous reasons, including the fact that DiNapoli comes from Nassau County, as opposed to Schneiderman, who comes from the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[1] Republicans initially found it extremely difficult to find even a dummy candidate to fill the ballot line, with the Conservative Party saying it would nominate its own candidate if the Republicans didn't find someone.[2] Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci stepped forward for the Republicans in May 2014.

Under a pilot program approved by the New York State Legislature as part of the 2014 state budget, the comptroller election was to be the first statewide election in New York to be publicly financed. Republican candidate Robert Antonacci agreed to take part in public financing matching funds, noting that he would not have entered the race had those funds not been made available. To qualify for matching funds (which will be taken from a slush fund set aside for money unclaimed by the state's citizens), he had to raise $200,000 from at least 2,000 donors, each of whom are limited to a maximum donation of $175; he can continue to receive much larger donations outside those he seeks to match. DiNapoli did not accept matching funds.[3] Antonacci failed to qualify for matching funds and raised less than half of the money necessary to qualify.[4] Antonacci later expressed dismay toward the New York Republican State Committee for failing to give him financial support and nearly quit the race.[5]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Nominated

Withdrew

  • Geeta Rankoth (removed from ballot)[7]

Republican primary

Candidates

Nominated

Declined

Major Third Parties

Besides the Democratic and Republican parties, the Conservative, Green, Independence and Working Families parties are qualified New York parties. These parties have automatic ballot access.

Conservative

Candidates

Nominated
  • Robert Antonacci, Republican nominee

Green

Candidates

Nominated

Independence

Candidates

Nominated

Working Families

Candidates

Nominated

Minor third parties

Any candidate not among the six qualified New York parties (Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Green, Independence and Working Families) must petition their way onto the ballot; they do not face primary elections. Independent nominating petitions began collecting signatures on July 8 and were due to the state by August 19.[14]

Libertarian

Candidates

Nominated
  • John Clifton, perennial candidate[15]

Stop Common Core

Candidates

Nominated
  • Robert Antonacci, Republican nominee[16]

Women's Equality

Candidates

Nominated

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Thomas
DiNapoli (D)
Robert
Antonacci (R)
Other Undecided
Siena College October 16–20, 2014 748 ± 3.6% 58% 31% 0% 10%
Siena College September 18–23, 2014 809 ± 3.4% 56% 27% 18%
Quinnipiac University August 14–17, 2014 1,034 ± 3.1% 54% 22% 1% 23%
Siena College July 13–16, 2014 774 ± 3.5% 57% 26% 0% 16%
Siena College June 8–12, 2014 835 ± 3.4% 56% 22% 0% 22%

References

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  2. ^ Lovett, Ken (April 14, 2014). Mike Long says NYS Conservative party will choose own controller candidate if GOP can't (sic). New York Daily News. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Breidenbach, Michelle (May 7, 2014). Antonacci would be first to use public money in statewide campaign against Comptroller DiNapoli. Syracuse Post-Standard. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  4. ^ Reisman, Nick. Antonacci not quite on the air with 1st ad. Time Warner Cable News. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Fredric U. Dicker (October 27, 2014). Astorino: Cuomo is becoming ‘unhinged’ by campaign stress. New York Post. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
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  8. ^ Republicans eye Antonacci for state comptroller. Gannett. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  9. ^ Gormley, Michael (May 7, 2014). Republican says he will take on state comptroller DiNapoli. Newsday. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
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  11. ^ Benjamin, Elizabeth (August 12, 2013). Chris Jacobs: Thanks, but no thanks on DiNapoli challenge. YNN. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
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  13. ^ Yusko, Dennis (May 18, 2014). In Troy, Hawkins gets Green Party nod. Times Union. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  14. ^ Candidate petition list, from the New York State Board of Elections. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  15. ^ Odato, James (April 26, 2014). Libertarians unite behind Suffolk County real estate broker. Times Union (Albany, NY). Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  16. ^ a b

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