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When Democrats gained a State Senate seat in New York a couple of weeks ago, it was big news. The party had reduced the Republicans' edge to 32-30. With Democrat Lt. Gov. David Paterson the tie-breaking vote, the Democrats were one seat short of ending Joe Bruno's reign as Senate Majority Leader.
If Gov. Spitzer resigns, however, the Democrats will once again need a two-seat pickup. The Village Voice explains:
Should Spitzer resign over his involvement in the Emperor's Club prostitution scandal Paterson would be appointed as his replacement. That would leave Bruno to serve in the capacity of lieutenant governor, and the New York State constitution offers no mechanism to appoint any replacement. In effect the tie-breaker would be gone, and Democrats would face the more daunting task of taking over two seats to achieve a State Senate majority before 2011.
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