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Governor announces special election

"This was an embarrassment when they lost the seat, and they want to get it back," said Zimmerman. "I would anticipate much less spending this time, though if the Democrats want to hold on, they'll have to match Tedisco."

Whoever manages to grab the seat will face a 2010 election, as well, as will Gillibrand and Paterson. Democrats, who now have grasped control of the State Senate for full run of the legislature, have a possible secret weapon. They could attempt to redistrict the carefully drawn congressional districts into something more demographically favorable. It's technically possible to redistrict at any time, according to a 2003 Supreme Court ruling, though the GOP would no doubt move to hinder the move legally.

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