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1994 United States Senate election in New York

1994 United States Senate election in New York

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Nominee Pat Moynihan Bernadette Castro
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,646,541 1,988,308
Percentage 55.3% 41.5%

County results
Moynihan:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Castro:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

U.S. senator before election

Pat Moynihan

Elected U.S. Senator

Pat Moynihan

The 1994 United States Senate election in New York was held November 8, 1994. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan won re-election to a fourth term.

Major candidates




1994 was significant for the Republican Revolution, mostly as a referendum against President Bill Clinton and his health care plan, and was seen as a tough year for Democratic incumbents. Moynihan, however, was New York State's most popular politician at the time, and ran ahead of all other Democrats competing statewide.[1]

Republican Castro was running for office for the first time and had trouble raising funds due to being seen as unlikely to win; at times during the race she trailed by up to 30 percentage points.[1] She portrayed herself as a fiscally conservative, socially moderate Republican in the mold of Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman, and attempted to portray Moynihan as excessively liberal and prone to government spending.[1] But Moynihan repeated his past strong performance among upstate voters, in addition to the usual Democratic strongholds in New York City.[1]


General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Incumbent) 2,646,541 55.25% Decrease11.77
Republican Bernadette Castro 1,988,308 41.51% Increase10.46
Right to Life Henry Hewes 95,954 2.00% Increase0.93
Independence Ismael Betancourt, Jr. 26,650 0.56% N/A
Libertarian Norma Segal 17,991 0.38% Increase0.18
Socialist Workers Naomi Craine 14,892 0.31% Increase0.12
Total votes 2,646,541 100.00%

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Finder, Alan (November 9, 1994). "Defying Anti-Incumbent Mood, Moynihan Wins Easily". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY US Senate Race - Nov 08, 1994".