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New Hampshire Republicans Retain State Senate, New York Senate Still Undecided

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The New Hampshire Capitol dome in Concord.
The New Hampshire Capitol dome in Concord.

Republicans will retain their hold on a branch of the New Hampshire state government, while seeing their chances for a similar retention in New York grow.

New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardiner confirmed Wednesday morning that state Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) will win reelection following a recount. Sanborn's victory over Democrat Lee Nyquist continues a Republican majority in the New Hampshire Senate. Gardiner's confirmation comes a day after a newly elected Democratic state senator in New York announced his decision to caucus with Republicans, calling into question the potential Democratic takeover of the New York state Senate.

In the New Hampshire race, Bedford Patch reports that Nyquist narrowed Sanborn's election night victory by 40 votes in the recount, but not enough to end the Republican's tenure in Concord.

Republicans had grabbed control of the state Senate in 2010, along with the state House of Representatives, but Democrats regained control of the New Hampshire House in last week's election, wresting control from the Tea Party-dominated GOP majority. Democrats also gained a three-two majority on the New Hampshire Executive Council, along with retaining the governorship, with the election of Democrat Maggie Hassan.

In New York, state Sen.-elect Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) announced Tuesday that he would be joining the Republican caucus in the Senate, Capitol Tonight reported. Election night totals gave Democrats 31 seats in the 63-member Senate, compared to 30 for Republicans, with two races not decided. Felder's decision to caucus with Republicans gives the GOP the one-seat edge. In the still undecided races, Democrat Terry Gipson retains a lead over state Sen. Steve Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) for the Hudson Valley seat, while Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican Assemblyman George Amedore are locked in a tight battle for a newly created seat outside of Albany.

The four-member Senate Independent Democratic Conference has not decided which party it will side with in New York. The conference broke off from the Democratic caucus in 2011, and its members received committee chairmanships from Senate Republicans. Democrats last controlled the New York Senate from 2009 to 2011.

Nationally Democrats have touted taking control of eight state legislative chambers, including the New York Senate, in last week's election. The other chambers are the Colorado House, the New Hampshire House, the Oregon House, the Maine House and Senate and the Minnesota House and Senate. Republicans gained control of both houses of the Arkansas Legislature along with regaining control of the Wisconsin Senate, which they had lost earlier this year.

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