Key upstate Senate race: Slim margin, GOP declaration

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With the ballots in an upstate Senate district considered counted — but further court action possibly looming — Republican sources say today that Assemb. George Amedore comes out 39 votes ahead of Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk.

If Amedore indeed wins in the newly GOP-crafted 46th district in the capital region, that would give his party a minimal 32-31 edge in seats. It was pending this outcome and the one lost by Sen. Stephen Saland that Majority Leader Dean Skelos lined up allies for a “coalition” including dissident Democrats. How does all that stand to be affected?

No hint in this statement from Skelos:

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Now that all of the votes have been counted in the 46th Senate District race, I congratulate George Amedore on a hard-fought and well-deserved victory. His electoral journey has been a long and winding road, but it ends today with him as Senator-elect.

George Amedore is going to be our partner in controlling spending and taxes, creating new jobs, and building on the progress we’ve made over the last two years. I know he will make an outstanding representative for the residents of Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Schenectady and Ulster counties.
 

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