|Current incumbent||Bill Owens|
|Gender||51.2% Male, 48.8% Female|
|Race||92.6% White, 3% Black|
|Median household income||$48,759|
|High school graduation rate||88.1%|
|College graduation rate||21.7%|
2012 Presidential Election: Obama 52, Romney 46
2008 Presidential Election: Obama 52, McCain 47
New York’s 21st Congressional District is the largest geographical district in the northeastern United States, bordering the St. Lawrence River in the north, the eastern shore of Lake Ontario to the west, and running down the Hudson River to Saratoga. The district is the home of Lake Placid, the location of the Miracle on Ice.
Tourism, particularly from Canada, is important to the economy with the Adirondack Mountains serving as a major attraction. The military presence at Fort Drum near Watertown is also a major boon – as well as a constant source of anxiety as it usually finds itself in BRAC discussions.
Despite being a dark blue state, New York is somewhat of a bellwether in terms of Congressional districts. Although the 2012 redistricting plan was not kind to Republicans, New York had eight districts decided by fewer than six points in 2012. As the GOP moves to the friendlier terrain of the mid-term election, the New York 21st is certain to be near the top of their list.
Most of the region now in New York 21 is the site of one of the Tea Party’s first big victories as Doug Hoffman running on the Conservative line knocked Liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava out of the race. Current incumbent Bill Owens would go on to defeat Hoffman as Republicans failed to consolidate around the Conservative candidate.
Republicans have nominated a strong candidate in Elise Stefanik, a small businesswoman, who was a domestic policy staffer in the Bush administration, and ran the Vice-Presidential debate prep for Paul Ryan. She is being challenged in the primary by Matt Doheny, a three time candidate in the district (previously New York 23 before redistricting). Doheny, lost a primary election in 2009 and two general elections against Bill Owens.
Democratic nominee Aaron Woolf is a documentary filmmaker (including Peabody Award winner King Corn) and political newcomer. Woolf apparently does not live in the district full time, and his nomination left the local media baffled.