Whew, finally, it’s over. After Hillary Clinton left the U.S. Senate to become secretary of state, New York Gov. David Paterson appointed (gay marriage flip-flopper) Rep. Kristen Gillibrand to take Clinton’s seat. Which meant another vacant spot to fill: Gillibrand’s House seat. Finally, after a dragged out ballot count that’s giving Franken-Coleman a run for its headlines, a winner: Democratic millionaire venture capitalist Scott Murphy — who supports civil unions but wants to leave marriages up to religious institutions — will become Congress’ newest member, with opponent Jim Tedisco, a Republican, conceding after beginning the race as an early front-runner; he served in the State Assembly for 27 years. “Tedisco’s loss could have a significant fallout for Republican leaders from the very top of the party on down. The GOP has lost control of every statewide elective post, seen losses in Congress and its minority in the Assembly, and this past election lost control of the state Senate, which Republicans controlled for all but one of the past 70 years.” [Albany Times Union]

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