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Senate Republicans already have spent $90,000 to help Assemb. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) win an open seat in Suffolk County that might determine what party controls the chamber, according to records filed with the state Board of Elections.

Boyle is vying with Suffolk Legis. Ricardo Montano to take over for retiring Sen. Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon).

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The Senate Republican Campaign Committee has transferred $25,000 to Boyle and spent another $65,000 on his behalf.

Democrats, who have far less in the bank than their rivals, have yet to spend on Montano.
Republicans currently hold a 33-29 edge in the chamber and are counting on holding on to all nine Long Island Senate seats if they are to retain power.

Photo: Assemb. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) during the GOP National Convention in Florida. (Aug. 27, 2012)