Aubertine defeat raises questions about Senate control, redistricting

Darrel Aubertine’s stunning defeat in the 48th state Senate district put Republicans within reach of snagging a majority.

As the New York Times points out, that could also upset Democratic plans to redistrict the state following the 2010 Census.

Much was at stake: The next Legislature will redraw district lines for the next decade, not just for state seats, but also for Congressional ones.

Based on the results as of 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Senate would remain with the Democrats, who would keep their 32-30 majority. Democrats were heading toward victories for two Republican seats, while Republicans were on the verge of capturing two Democratic seats.

Some races were very close.

Indeed.  Read the full article here.


3 Comments on “Aubertine defeat raises questions about Senate control, redistricting”

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  1. Paul says:

    “Darrel Aubertine’s stunning defeat in the 48th state Senate district”. Brian, what are you talking about. I don’t really know anything about this district but didn’t NCPR just last week report the race was “neck-and-neck” and that 10% of the voters were still undecided? It looks to me like she only one by a few thousand votes. What is the “stunning” part?

  2. Bret4207 says:

    IMO redistricting (gerrymandering) should be more or less outlawed. It’s political in every way and it’s wrong. Establish the lines based on townships or counties or other municipal boundaries and leave it at that. This business of squiggly lines looping around vacant areas and dipping wildly into a populated area is completely bogus.

  3. Myown says:

    I agree with Bret. Gerrymandering has to end. It mocks fair elections when districts are drawn by one political party to ensure their candidate has a better chance of winning based on voter registration.

    And take a look at the actual 2010 vote counts for House of Reps in NYS. Why do some districts have over 200,000 total votes and other less than 60,000?

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