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United States Presidential Election in New York, 2004
United States presidential election in New York, 2004

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Turnout62.44%
  John F. Kerry.jpg George-W-Bush.jpeg
Nominee John Kerry George W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Running mate John Edwards Dick Cheney
Electoral vote 31 0
Popular vote 4,314,280 2,962,567
Percentage 58.37% 40.08%

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County Results

President before election

George W. Bush
Republican

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2004 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 2, 2004, and was part of the 2004 United States presidential election. Voters chose 31 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New York was won by Democratic nominee John Kerry with an 18.3% margin of victory. Kerry took 58.37% of the vote to Bush's 40.08%. Prior to the election, all 12 news organizations considered this a state Kerry would win, or otherwise considered as a safe blue state. A Republican presidential nominee last carried the state of New York in the 1984 election. As of the 2016 presidential election, this remains the last presidential election the Republicans won over 40% of the vote in New York. Despite being a "safe blue state", this was the best showing for a Republican candidate in New York since 1988. This can largely be attributed to increased support for President Bush after the 9/11 attacks.

Primaries

Campaign

Predictions

There were 12 news organizations who made state-by-state predictions of the election. Here are their last predictions before election day.[1]

  1. D.C. Political Report: Solid Democrat
  2. Associated Press: Solid Kerry
  3. CNN: Kerry
  4. Cook Political Report: Solid Democrat
  5. Newsweek: Solid Kerry
  6. New York Times: Solid Kerry
  7. Rasmussen Reports: Kerry
  8. Research 2000: Solid Kerry
  9. Washington Post: Kerry
  10. Washington Times: Solid Kerry
  11. Zogby International: Kerry
  12. Washington Dispatch: Kerry

Polling

Kerry won every single pre-election poll, and all but one with a double-digit margin and with at least 49%. The final 3-poll average showed Kerry leading 55% to 38%.[2]

Fundraising

Bush raised $11,994,227.[3] Kerry raised $27,733,309.[4]

Advertising and visits

Neither campaign advertised or visited the state during the fall campaign.[5][6]

Geographic Analysis

The voters of the five boroughs of New York City were the main force responsible for Kerry's decisive victory in the state. Kerry won New York City by an overwhelming margin, taking 1,828,015 votes to Bush's 587,534, a 74.99% to 24.10% victory. Excluding New York City's votes, John Kerry still would have carried New York State, but by a reduced margin, taking 2,486,265 votes to Bush's 2,375,033 votes, a 51.14% - 48.86% victory.

The New York suburbs consist of Long Island, Westchester and Rockland counties. Traditionally Republican, this area went clearly Democratic through the past few decades, with the arrival of people from New York City. However, in this area where many voters commute to Manhattan, Bush did better than expected. Although he clearly lost these counties to Gore in 2000 with 39.55% to 56.42%, or 655,665 votes to 935,456, he only lost them by a close 46.13% to 52.30% to Kerry. While Bush won 167,397 more votes than in 2000, Kerry lost 2,437. This can be mainly explained by the concerns of suburban moderate voters about terrorism, an issue about which they trusted Bush more than Kerry.

Upstate New York region, including all of the counties that are not part of New York City or its suburbs, is the least liberal region of the three. Its politics are very similar to those of Ohio or Pennsylvania, both key swing states and sharing conservative rural areas. Despite this characteristic, Senator Kerry still managed a slim victory in Upstate New York, with 1,553,246 votes to 1,551,971 for Bush. This was largely due to a Democratic tidal wave in the region's four largest cities--Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. Kerry also ran strongly in college dominated Tompkins County and two counties with an influx of former New York City residents moving to vacation homes, Ulster County and Columbia County.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Rockland and Dutchess counties voted for the Republican candidate.

Results

United States presidential election in New York, 2004[7]
Party Candidate Popular votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic John Kerry 4,180,755 56.57%
Working Families John Kerry 133,525 1.81%
Total John Forbes Kerry 4,314,280 58.37% 31
Republican George W. Bush 2,806,993 37.98%
Conservative George W. Bush 144,797 1.96%
Total George Walker Bush (Incumbent) 2,962,567 40.08% 0
Independence Ralph Nader 84,247 1.14%
Peace and Justice Ralph Nader 15,626 0.21%
Total Ralph Nader 99,873 1.35% 0
Libertarian Michael Badnarik 11,607 0.16% 0
Socialist Workers Roger Calero 2,405 0.03% 0
Constitution (Write-In) Michael Peroutka 363 >0.01% 0
Green (Write-In) David Cobb 138 >0.01% 0
Independent (Write-In) John J. Kennedy 8 >0.01% 0
Independent (Write-In) Michael Halpin 4 >0.01% 0
Socialist Equality Bill Van Auken 4 >0.01% 0
Totals 7,391,036 100% 31
Voter turnout: 62.44%

Results breakdown

By congressional district

Kerry won 20 of 29 congressional districts.[8]

By county

County Kerry% Kerry# Bush% Bush# Others% Others# Total
Albany County 59.16% 86,213 35.94% 52,369 4.90% 7,140 145,722
Allegany County 33.61% 6,392 62.55% 11,894 3.84% 730 19,016
Bronx County 81.81% 276,938 15.87% 53,738 2.31% 7,833 338,509
Broome County 48.82% 44,496 46.19% 42,100 4.98% 4,540 91,136
Cattaraugus County 39.10% 13,087 56.85% 19,028 4.05% 1,356 33,471
Cayuga County 47.95% 16,913 47.14% 16,626 4.91% 1,730 35,269
Chautauqua County 44.29% 26,369 51.62% 30,734 4.10% 2,440 59,543
Chemung County 42.92% 16,639 53.51% 20,742 3.57% 1,383 38,764
Chenango County 42.76% 9,003 52.93% 11,144 4.32% 909 21,056
Clinton County 51.17% 17,040 43.94% 14,633 4.89% 1,627 33,300
Columbia County 50.47% 15,238 44.13% 13,325 5.40% 1,631 30,194
Cortland County 46.29% 10,354 49.56% 11,085 4.16% 930 22,369
Delaware County 40.49% 8,425 55.14% 11,474 4.37% 909 20,808
Dutchess County 46.93% 56,533 49.24% 59,323 3.83% 4,615 120,471
Erie County 55.04% 240,563 39.63% 173,198 5.33% 23,281 437,042
Essex County 45.02% 8,474 49.89% 9,390 5.08% 957 18,821
Franklin County 50.82% 9,286 44.34% 8,103 4.84% 884 18,273
Fulton County 40.91% 8,919 55.24% 12,042 3.85% 839 21,800
Genesee County 37.31% 9,970 58.75% 15,701 3.94% 1,054 26,725
Greene County 39.53% 8,607 55.84% 12,159 4.64% 1,010 21,776
Hamilton County 31.10% 1,120 65.48% 2,358 3.42% 123 3,601
Herkimer County 41.01% 11,383 55.00% 15,265 4.00% 1,109 27,757
Jefferson County 42.80% 16,342 53.03% 20,248 4.17% 1,592 38,182
Kings County 71.91% 494,165 23.17% 159,200 4.92% 33,845 687,210
Lewis County 39.15% 4,417 56.27% 6,348 4.57% 516 11,281
Livingston County 37.94% 11,107 57.67% 16,885 4.39% 1,285 29,277
Madison County 42.92% 12,665 52.81% 15,584 4.27% 1,260 29,509
Monroe County 50.22% 168,088 45.83% 153,374 3.95% 13,227 334,689
Montgomery County 43.99% 9,175 51.61% 10,763 4.40% 917 20,855
Nassau County 52.06% 317,283 44.88% 273,502 3.06% 18,647 609,432
New York County 79.76% 509,841 16.41% 104,883 3.83% 24,501 639,225
Niagara County 48.26% 45,644 47.08% 44,525 4.66% 4,405 94,574
Oneida County 42.45% 39,658 53.06% 49,569 4.48% 4,187 93,414
Onondaga County 53.63% 112,618 41.96% 88,123 4.41% 9,264 210,005
Ontario County 41.83% 20,503 54.30% 26,611 3.87% 1,897 49,011
Orange County 43.52% 61,642 52.96% 75,010 3.52% 4,987 141,639
Orleans County 35.51% 5,734 60.67% 9,796 3.82% 617 16,147
Oswego County 46.33% 23,261 49.15% 24,675 4.52% 2,267 50,203
Otsego County 47.14% 12,402 48.53% 12,768 4.32% 1,137 26,307
Putnam County 42.20% 18,892 54.49% 24,397 3.31% 1,481 44,770
Queens County 69.91% 422,609 26.13% 157,948 3.96% 23,944 604,501
Rensselaer County 47.60% 34,741 44.24% 32,290 8.16% 5,952 72,983
Richmond County 41.20% 66,255 53.05% 85,302 5.75% 9,249 160,806
Rockland County 47.60% 62,391 46.93% 61,510 5.47% 7,171 131,072
Saratoga County 44.25% 47,367 50.18% 53,709 5.57% 5,961 107,037
Schenectady County 50.04% 34,762 43.19% 30,002 6.77% 4,705 69,469
Schoharie County 37.93% 5,455 56.65% 8,148 5.42% 780 14,383
Schuyler County 38.01% 3,290 54.62% 4,727 7.37% 638 8,655
Seneca County 43.87% 6,771 49.26% 7,603 6.86% 1,059 15,433
St. Lawrence County 53.19% 22,173 41.52% 17,310 5.28% 2,203 41,686
Steuben County 33.01% 14,090 61.07% 26,066 5.92% 2,525 42,681
Suffolk County 48.13% 307,011 45.81% 292,186 6.06% 38,663 637,860
Sullivan County 47.81% 14,447 47.65% 14,398 4.53% 1,370 30,215
Tioga County 39.39% 9,415 55.83% 13,343 4.77% 1,141 23,899
Tompkins County 60.10% 25,659 31.71% 13,539 8.18% 3,494 42,692
Ulster County 53.49% 45,530 41.39% 35,234 5.12% 4,361 85,125
Warren County 43.26% 13,054 53.73% 16,213 3.01% 909 30,176
Washington County 40.95% 10,295 52.29% 13,148 6.76% 1,700 25,143
Wayne County 38.44% 15,093 58.90% 23,126 2.66% 1,045 39,264
Westchester County 56.46% 224,992 37.96% 151,261 5.59% 22,269 398,522
Wyoming County 33.27% 5,894 63.14% 11,185 3.58% 635 17,714
Yates County 38.85% 4,062 57.90% 6,053 3.25% 340 10,455

Electors

NY voters cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. New York has 31 electors because it has 29 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 31 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 31 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for president and vice president. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 13, 2004, to cast their votes for president and vice president. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia meet in their respective capitols.

The following were the members of the Electoral College from New York. All were pledged to and voted for Kerry/Edwards.

  1. Joseph Ashton
  2. Bill De Blasio
  3. Molly Clifford
  4. Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez
  5. Inez Dickens
  6. Danny Donahue
  7. Herman D. Farrell
  8. C. Virginia Fields
  9. Emily Giske
  10. Bea Gonzalez
  11. Alan Hevesi
  12. Frank Hoare
  13. Virginia Kee
  14. Peggy Kerry
  15. Denise King
  16. Len Lenihan
  17. Bertha Lewis
  18. Alan Lubin
  19. Thomas Manton
  20. Dennis Mehiel
  21. June O'Neill
  22. David Paterson
  23. Jose Rivera
  24. Rich Schaffer
  25. Chung Seto
  26. Sheldon Silver
  27. Eliot Spitzer
  28. Antoine Thompson
  29. Paul Tokasz
  30. Bill Wood
  31. Robert Zimmerman

References

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  2. ^ "Election 2004 Polls - Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "George W Bush - $374,659,453 raised, '04 election cycle, Republican Party, President". Campaignmoney.com. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "John F Kerry - $345,826,176 raised, '04 election cycle, Democrat Party, President". Campaignmoney.com. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "CNN.com Specials". Cnn.com. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "CNN.com Specials". Cnn.com. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections 2004 - New York". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Swing State Project". Swingstateproject.com. Retrieved 2014.

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