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"The voters have spoken, and we again have 32 Democrats in the state Senate", said Sen.

Democrats won two special elections for the NY state Senate Tuesday but Republicans will remain in charge of the chamber after a key Democratic senator who has sided with Republicans announced that he'll stay put. Felder has long sided with the GOP.

Senator Felder came out with a statement saying that regardless of who wins the two seats, he will continue to caucus with the Republicans.

Democrat Shelley Mayer and Republican Julie Killian are vying for the 37th District seat vacated by Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

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"We are committed to flipping the I.D.C. seats and, following that, flipping red seats to blue", Lisa DellAquila, a leader of True Blue NY, a liberal activist group, said in a phone interview on Tuesday, referring to the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of breakaway Democrats who have since reconciled with their party.

Because of Felder's help, nonetheless, Republicans will keep in cost at the least by means of the tip of the legislative session in June. "It will be a message that Americans and New Yorkers are not satisfied [and] certainly not secure in Republican leadership on the national level". Democrats say they'll now focus on winning a clear majority in November.

Democrats will have a numeric one-seat majority in the 63-seat Senate following Tuesday's victories. Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m.

Democrats already control the Assembly and hold the offices of governor, attorney general and comptroller. But Mr. Felder, who was elected in 2012 as a Democrat but nearly immediately declared his intentions to sit with Republicans, remained an outlier.


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