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New York Attorney General election, 2014

 

New York Attorney General election, 2014

New York Attorney General election, 2014

November 4, 2014

 
Nominee Eric Schneiderman John P. Cahill
Party Democratic Republican
Alliance Working Families Conservative
Popular vote 1,957,144 1,465,973
Percentage 52.65% 39.44%


Attorney General before election

Eric Schneiderman
Democratic

Elected Attorney General

Eric Schneiderman
Democratic

The 2014 New York Attorney General election took place on November 4, 2014, to elect the Attorney General of New York. The incumbent Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman won reelection to a second term in office, defeating Republican John P. Cahill with 53% of the vote.

Background

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo declined to run for reelection in 2010, instead successfully running for Governor. State Senator Eric Schneiderman narrowly won the Democratic primary and then won the general election by a wide margin.

Democrats hold all of the statewide offices in New York and Republicans believe that their best chance of taking one rests on defeating Schneiderman, citing Governor Cuomo's high approval rating and large campaign war chest and that Thomas DiNapoli is unlikely to be vulnerable because "Comptrollers seem to get re-elected as long as they do their jobs." They also cited Schneiderman's relatively unknown status and the fact that he comes from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, as opposed to DiNapoli, who comes from Nassau County.[1] Schneiderman has used his designation as Republicans' "top target" to raise money.[2]

Despite this, Governing does not think Schneiderman is vulnerable. A March 2013 article listed the election as one that was "not competitive", citing the high-profile cases Schneiderman has taken on,[3] and a December 2013 article rated the race as "Safe Democratic", saying that "Schneiderman should have no problem winning a second term."[4]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Nominated

Withdrew

  • Aniello "Neil" Grimaldi (removed from ballot)[6][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.

Conservative

Candidates

Nominated

Green

Candidates

Nominated
  • Ramon Jimenez, attorney from The Bronx[13]

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.

Libertarian

Candidates

Nominated

Stop Common Core

Candidates

Nominated

Women's Equality

Candidates

Nominated

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Eric
Schneiderman (D)
John P.
Cahill (R)
Other Undecided
Siena College October 16–20, 2014 748 ± 3.6% 55% 35% 0% 10%
Siena College September 18–23, 2014 809 ± 3.4% 50% 34% 15%
In The Field* September 8, 2014 600 ± 4% 36.8% 29.7% 33.5%
Quinnipiac University August 14–17, 2014 1,034 ± 3.1% 51% 29% 1% 19%
Siena College July 13–16, 2014 774 ± 3.5% 53% 31% 0% 16%
Siena College June 8–12, 2014 835 ± 3.4% 52% 27% 0% 22%
Quinnipiac University May 14–19, 2014 1,129 ± 2.9% 46% 27% 1% 25%
  • * Internally conducted poll for the John P. Cahill campaign that he was forced to publish by state elections law after parts of it were revealed in a fundraising appeal

Election results

Attorney General election in New York, 2014
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Eric T. Schneiderman 1,690,985 45.49%
Working Families Eric T. Schneiderman 161,111 4.33%
Independence/ Women's Equality Eric T. Schneiderman 105,048 2.83%
Total Eric T. Schneiderman 1,957,144 52.65%
Republican John P. Cahill 1,181,134 32.59%
Conservative/ Stop-Common-Core John P. Cahill 239,266 6.60%
Total John P. Cahill 1,465,973 39.44%
Green Ramon Jimenez 76,697 2.06%
Libertarian Carl E. Person 23,586 0.63%
Blank 188,288 5.07%
Void 4,464 0.12%
Totals 3,717,323 100.00%
Democratic Hold

References

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  6. ^ Lovett, Kenneth (July 21, 2014). Republican John Cahill looks to block primary—for Democratic opponent. New York Daily News. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
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  12. ^ Lovett, Kenneth (March 19, 2014). Former NY Attorney General Dennis Vacco Says He's Been Asked To Consider Another Run. New York Daily News. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  13. ^ Yusko, Dennis (May 18, 2014). In Troy, Hawkins gets Green Party nod. Times Union. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  14. ^ Odato, James (April 26, 2014). Libertarians unite behind Suffolk County real estate broker. Times Union (Albany, NY). Retrieved April 29, 2014.
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External links

  • New York Attorney General election, 2014 at Ballotpedia
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