New York Senate partisan count could be undecided until January 2011
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after the 2010 state legislative elections
The races still open to suspense are:
- District 7 between incumbent Democrat Craig Johnson and Republican Jack Martins
- District 37 between incumbent Democrat Suzi Oppenheimer and Republican Bob Cohen
- District 60 between incumbent Democrat Antoine Thompson and Republican Marc Grisanti
In District 60, the race is expected to undergo a recount. Roughly 61,700 votes were cast, which may have to go through a one-by-one count by hand.
Currently, Martins and Cohen are leading their race with slim margins, while Thompson is in front of Grisanti.
The recount could be a very lengthy and expensive process. Election lawyers can earn $800 an hour, and a hoard of individuals would need to be present at the recount -- judges, lawyers, clerks and sheriff deputies among them.
A court hearing on November 5 is expected to kick-start the process of how to resolve the District 60 votes situation.
Whatever happens, governor Andrew Cuomo (D) may assume office in January 2011 with an unknown partisan label to his state senate.