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New York Coup Returns State Senate Control To GOP

It's Jim Jeffords all over again, though on a smaller scale.

It looks like Republicans have managed to win back control of the New York state Senate.

They have apparently gotten two Democratic members, Hiram Monserrate of Queens and Pedro Espada of the Bronx, to vote with them. That gives Senate Republicans the 32 votes they would need to switch control ... thus electing Dean Skelos (R) as the new majority leader and ending Malcolm Smith's (D) leadership after just six months.

North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports that both Espada and Monserrate are "socially conservative" Dems who have "bristled" at Smith's leadership.

Democrats won control of the New York state Senate (by one vote) in 2008 for the first time since the 1960s, and thus giving the party complete control over state government.

The Albany Times-Union's Irene Jay Liu and Rick Karlin call it a "stunning move that could change the nature of electoral politics." Indeed.

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