In early returns last night, Democrats in the Suffolk County Legislature were hanging on to their majority, but three lawmakers who caucus with the Democrats were in close races with Republican challengers.
The legislature currently tilts Democrat 11-6, with another member who caucuses with neither major party.
In the 7th District, Republican challenger L. Dean Murray was in a tight race with Legis. Jack Eddington (I-Medford), who caucuses with the Democrats. Murray had been hoping to exploit clashes between Eddington and Democratic County Executive Steve Levy over police issues.
And in the 16th District, Democratic Legis. Steve Stern, 41, of Dix Hills, was in a tight race with Republican William Matthew Groh, 43, of North Babylon, an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law.
A key battleground was the open seat in the 10th District, where Republican Thomas Cilmi, a former legislative aide and Bay Shore businessman, in early returns was ahead of Democrat Patrick Nolan, son of Islip Supervisor Phil Nolan. Timothy Molnar, of Islip Terrace, the Conservative Party candidate, was in third place.
In another hard-fought race, in the 11th District, Legis. Thomas Barraga, the veteran Albany and Suffolk lawmaker who lost two minor party primaries, was ahead of his challenger, Democrat James Alcus, a local youth activist.
Democrats had been looking to secure a veto-proof majority of 12, while Republicans hoped to pick up an additional seat that would give them the votes necessary to block capital spending bonds.
Here's a rundown of the other races:
Republican Legis. Edward P. Romaine, 56, of Center Moriches, who was seeking his fifth term, was leading over challenger Michael Comando, 56, a Democrat from Southold, who was making his third try for public office.
Incumbent Jay Schneiderman, 47, an Independence Party member from Montauk, was running unopposed on the Democratic, Republican, Independence, Conservative and Working Families lines.
Republican Daniel Losquadro, the legislature's minority leader, was leading over Shoreham businessman Bryan Lilly, a Democrat making his second run for public office, after a failed 2007 race for the county legislature.
Democratic Presiding Officer William Lindsay was ahead of Matthew Silecchia, 25, a Conservative from Sayville running on the GOP line.
Ricardo Montano, 59, of Central Islip, was unopposed.
Republican Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr., 53, was leading over Errol D. Toulon Jr., 47, a retired captain who worked at the Rikers Island correctional facility in New York City.
Democratic Legis. Wayne R. Horsley, 58, of Babylon, was ahead of Mark. M. Gallo, 41, of Lindenhurst, a Republican making his second try for the county legislature after an unsuccessful bid two years ago.
Democratic Legis. DuWayne Gregory, of Amityville, 39, was leading over Republican Edward White Jr., 51, of Copiague. In July 2008, White mounted an unsuccessful bid against Gregory for the same seat in a special election.
Democratic Legis. Louis D'Amaro, 48, of North Babylon, was leading over Republican Kevin M. Meyer, 36, of Melville. Meyer, who owns a Melville technology business, was making his first run for office.