11/03/2010 01:31 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

New York State Senate Majority in Doubt: Even Split Would Diminish Democrats' Power

On an otherwise largely disappointing night for New York Republicans, the party appeared to be on the verge of either retaking the State Senate or throwing the chamber into a tie, but three key races were too close to call Wednesday morning.

Much was at stake: The next Legislature will redraw district lines for the next decade, not just for state seats, but also for Congressional ones. Winning back the chamber would also give Republicans a statewide power base they held for more than four decades, until the 2008 election.