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With one county to go, mathematics suggest the recount for the 63rd and final state Senate district — the one that will determine which party controls the chamber — could come down to the final few ballots.

As of Monday morning, absentee and affidavit ballots have been tallied in four of the five counties comprising a Catskills-Capital Region district that pitted Republican George Amedore against Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk. Amedore now leads by either 920 or 918 votes, depending on if you ask Republicans or Democrats.

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The final county to be tallied is Ulster — where Tkaczyk won about 61 percent of the vote on Election Day.

With roughly 4,000-4,500 ballots to be counted, Tkaczyk would have to get about — you guessed it — 61 or 62 percent to pull out a victory.

Counting in Ulster begins today and is expected to take a few days.

With this last race to go, Democrats and Republicans are each claiming 31 seats — thanks in part to Simcha Felder saying he’d join the Republican conference even though he won his Brooklyn race as a Democrat.

If Tkaczyk wins, the spotlight will immediately shift to Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and his four-member “Independent Democratic Caucus” that has refused say whether it will back a Democrat to lead the chamber or go with current Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre).