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How did LI election results affect MMA in New York?

Back in June 2010, the New York State Senate voted to legalize mixed martial arts. The bill died in the Assembly shortly thereafter.

Of the nine Long Islanders on the State Senate, only Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) voted in favor of the bill. As of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, with 260 of the 264 electoral districts reporting, Johnson trails Republican Jack M. Martins by less than 1,000 votes.

Seven of the eight state senators who voted against MMA won re-election, listed below:

John Flanagan (R-East Northport)
Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon)
Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson)
Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset)
Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick)
Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City)
Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre)

The lone anti-MMA voter from Long Island to lose his seat in the State Senate was Democrat Brian Foley of Blue Point. He lost to Republican Lee Zeldin.

See complete election results for local, state and national races.

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