Close races and captured seats in New York special elections

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March 21, 2012

By Tyler Millhouse

New York

On Tuesday, New York held five special elections for the State Legislature. Of those five races, two are still too close to call--Assembly District 103 and Senate District 27. Out of the three decided races, Democrats captured one seat--Assembly District 100. Republicans nominally captured a seat in Assembly District 145, but the GOP candidate was actually a Democrat running to challenge the endorsed Democratic candidate. New York special elections do not employ a primary election process. Rather each county party selects its nominee. Once Tuesday's elections are decided and the winners sworn in, just over 30 percent of New York's legislators will have won their seat in a special election.[1][2]

A breakdown of the special elections:

  • New York Senate District 27: Reports from the morning of March 21 suggest that David Storobin (R) leads Lewis Fidler (D) by 126 votes. 700 absentee ballots remain to be counted. The winner will replace Carl Kruger (D) who resigned in 2011 after pleading guilty to corruption charges.[7]

Partisan impact

Democrats succeeded in flipping a seat on Tuesday. However, both of the undecided races could result in further political changes. (All totals are pre-election.)

New York Assembly Partisan Balance

Party As of March 19
     Democratic Party 96
     Republican Party 49
     Independence Party of New York 1
     Vacancy 4
Total 150

New York Senate Partisan Balance

Party As of March 19
     Democratic Party 29
     Republican Party 32
     Vacancy 1
Total 62

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