In Case You’re Bored With That Other Horse Race

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The Times Union’s Capitol Confidential blog has a nice feature.

There’s been quite a bit of movement over the past week in race for Senate and now that the races are heating up, we’ll put together a weekly digest of the ins and outs of the Senate races.

The Republicans hold a razor-thin majority. Should the Senate flip, the whole town will feel different, and despite what downstaters may think at times, that would make a difference for everyone.

Now as a faith-related blog, EcuProphets is not overtly partisan. Influenced (somewhat) by traditional Christian understandings of sin, I believe that any Democrat, Republican, or even Working Families Party-endorsed politician can be as venal, stupid, and self-serving as anyone else.

That being said, political atmospheres, which shift as the dominance of one party or the other shifts, should not be ignored totally. Three Senate races seem particularly intriguing, atmospherically:

SD-3: Incumbent: Republican Sen. Caesar Trunzo
* Democrats: Favored candidate Brookhaven supervisor Brian Foley will run against two-time challenger Jimmy Dahroug and County Legislator Ricardo Montano. Dahroug has committed to running in a primary.
* Enrollment stats: 54,885 Democrats and 62,881 Republicans
* Record: Democrat Dahroug has run against Trunzo twice before. Trunzo won in 2006 with 53 percent of the vote and Working Families Party support. But now, WFP has made it their mission to win a Democratic majority this fall.

SD-15: Incumbent: Republican Sen. Serphin Maltese
* Democrats: Favored candidate NYC Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. will face a primary against Albert Baldeo, who ran against Maltese in 2006 and lost by 800 votes.
* Enrollment stats: 72,254 Democrats and 29,995 Republicans.
* Record: In the past, Maltese has had a truce with the Queens Democratic Party; but with the margin of majority so thin in the Senate, the party is throwing its support behind a Democratic candidate, for which Addabbo is the favorite. Baldeo has said he would run as an independent candidate if he doesn’t receive the Democratic endorsement, which would help Maltese. Bruno has committed to spending upwards of $1 million to hold on to the seat, according to Maltese.

SD-56: Incumbent: Republican Sen. Joseph Robach
* Democrats: Former Sen. Richard Dollinger, who left the Senate in 2002 and became a judge in the town of Brighton, is the frontrunner. He’s up against Brighton Town Supervisor Sandra Frankel for the Democratic lineD (Frankel recently dropped out of the race in support of Dollinger.)
* Enrollment stats: 77,295 Democrats and 44,902 Republicans.
* Record: Robach beat Democratic challenger Willa Powell 66-34 percent in 2006.

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