A proposed new 63rd Senate seat will be where the Republicans want it

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The location of newly created 63rd State Senate seat will go a long way toward determining which party has a chance of winning not only that seat, but control of the entire chamber, in which Republicans currently hold 32 of 62 seats.

Chris Bragg talks to a Republican operative who explains why they want to put the new seat in the mid-Hudson area: it leans Republican, unlike New York City, and has had a population increase, unlike upstate.

Roberto Perez talks to the leader of a Latino advocacy group who argues that any new seat should go either in New York City or on Long Island, where, based on the latest census figures, the largest population growth has occurred.

The new legislator-drawn maps are expected to be made public very soon. But they have already failed the independence test Andrew Cuomo has sought to impose on the famously partisan process.

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Now, Republicans are focusing their attacks on Romney. [Jim Rutenberg and Ashley Parker]

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63rd Senate Seat

A G.O.P. operative speculates that it'll be in the Republican-heavy mid-Hudson area; upstate has too few people and N.Y.C. is too Democratic. [Chris Bragg]

Based on demographic info, the seat should represent the state's growing Latino community in N.Y.C. or Long Island, according to the head of a Latino advocacy group. [Roberto Perez]

CD-6

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