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Todd Kaminsky Officially Wins New York Senate Race

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Democrat Todd Kaminsky has officially won a close New York state Senate race on Long Island.

According to election results certified Monday, Kaminsky beat Republican Chris McGrath by 886 votes.

Kaminsky was ahead by 780 votes on election day two weeks ago, but McGrath refused to concede until all absentee votes were counted.

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Kaminsky, who was a member of the Assembly, will take the Senate seat left vacant by ex-GOP Senate Leader Dean Skelos, who was convicted last year of corruption.

In the campaign leading up to the election, the former prosecutor based his platform on a government for the people, receiving an endorsement from President Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton.

The win gives the Democrats a one-seat Senate majority, but Republicans are expected to maintain control at least until November, when every Senate seat is up for election.

Currently, the GOP leads the Senate thanks to support from six Democrats who broke with their party to empower Republicans.

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