Still Waiting: Final NY Senate Tally Could Take Weeks

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It could be weeks before we find out the balance of power in the New York State Senate.

Three races – all of which are currently held by Democrats – are still too close to call in the narrowly-divided legislative body, and results won't be decided until after thousands of absentee ballots are counted beginning next week.

Republicans have a small lead in two of the three districts. In the 7th District in Nassau County, incumbent Democrat Craig Johnson trails Republican Jack Martins by 415 votes. In the 60th District that includes part of Buffalo, incumbent Democrat Antoine Thompson trails Republican Mark Grisanti by 468 votes. And in the 37th District in Westchester, Democratic Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer holds a 466-vote lead over her Republican challenger Bob Cohen. In each case, thousands of absentee and other ballots are yet to be counted.

Democrats need to win at least two of the three outstanding races to keep the majority they currently hold. Two wins by Democrats would split the two major parties at 31 votes apiece, but the tiebreaking vote would from the Lieutenant Governor-elect, a Democrat. But if the current results hold, Republicans will take majority control of the chamber with 32 seats.