Republicans take the New York state Senate 

This news, fully expected, came in over the weekend:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republicans will regain control of the New York Senate after a recount completed Saturday handed control of a key seat on Long Island to the GOP candidate.

The final vote tally gave Republican Jack Martins a narrow win over Democratic Sen. Craig Johnson in the 7th Senate District. Johnson says he will appeal.

This gives the GOP a much-needed seat at the table during redistricting. Recent experience has shown that nearly all of the GOP's upstate districts are quite iffy, and could probably have been gerrymandered over the edge if Democrats had been given complete control.

New York is expected to lose one or even two U.S. House seats in redistricting. The loss of one seat would probably pit an incumbent Republican against an incumbent Democrat in a fair-fight race. The loss of two districts would probably result in two Democratic members squaring off in one primary, and two Republicans in another.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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