As the battle for control of the state Senate shifts from voting booths to the final ballot counts, the fate of major policy issues in New York will likely rest on whether Democrats or Republicans come out on top.
Democratic Senate candidates in
battleground districts across the state were successful Tuesday, running
on issues like raising the state’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage or
overhauling campaign-finance laws. Both issues would face a rosier
future with Democrats at the helm of the chamber in 2013.
who currently hold a 33-29 seat majority, ran on a message of
controlling spending and creating jobs. They have pledged to continue
down a more fiscally austere path than when Democrats last controlled
the Senate in 2009 and 2010.
said they have claimed as many as four seats to retake the majority in
January. Republicans said the final count of absentee ballots in two
races, where more than 15,000 total ballots are to be counted, would
give them the majority. There’s also the possibility that some Democrats
could join the Republican conference, keeping the majority in the GOP