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Will Democrats Take The New York State Senate?

New York State Capitol

New York voters won't just be selecting their choice for president this Election Day, they'll also be deciding which political party will control the state Senate. 

Republicans currently control the 63-seat chamber. Democrats control the Assembly and hold the governor's office.

If Democrats succeed in winning a majority of the Senate seats they'll control all of the state government. The outcome is likely to come down to a handful of competitive races on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley.

Democrats say a victory will make it easier for them to pass stricter campaign finance laws and government ethics reforms.

Republican Senate candidates say their party provides a needed counter-balance and that one-party rule would lead to higher taxes and a legislative bias favoring New York City.