Democrats see chance to flip state Senate in November

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Nassau Democrats are rallying in an effort to flip the state Senate out of Republican control.

The Democrats say they are hoping anti-Trump animus will lead to a blue wave at the ballot box in November.

“We saw in the primary that happened just a couple of weeks ago, how many Democrats came out. Three times the number of Democrats who voted in 2014, voted in 2018, so something's afoot,” says Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs.

In the state Senate, Republicans maintain control, but just barely. Their slim majority is even more tenuous after Sen. Tom Croci, of Sayville, announced he would not seek reelection earlier this year. Long Island is still represented by a formidable bloc of Republican senators, but Jacobs says the time is right for a changing of the guard.

Republican incumbents say they already have ads running on television and social media, touting their legislative accomplishments.

Political analyst Jerry Kremer says voters tend to vote for incumbents in local races, but this year anything is possible.

“The big question mark is there going to be an outpouring of voters who we never anticipated would come. If that happens, it will be part of a blue wave, not a red wave,” says Kramer.

Former President Obama is also getting involved in the battle for control of the New York state Senate. On Monday, the 44th president endorsed incumbent state Senate Democrat John Brooks and Jim Gaughran, who is challenging long time North Shore state Sen. Carl Marcellino.

News 12 reached out to the Nassau Republican chairman for comment, but so far has not heard back.

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