- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on New Yorkers voting in state and federal elections (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Republicans have won pivotal New York state Senate races, apparently repelling an effort by Democrats to take over the legislative chamber.

GOP candidates on Long Island, in the Hudson Valley and in western New York won several hotly contested Senate races Tuesday.

The Senate is evenly divided between the parties but Republicans lead thanks to the support of a faction of breakaway Democrats.

In unofficial results, Republican senators Kemp Hannon won a close matchup on Long Island, where Republican Elaine Phillips defeated Democrat Adam Haber to win another vacant seat and Republicans Michael Venditto and Carl Marcellino held narrow leads.

Republicans also increased their numbers when Christopher Jacobs defeated Democrat Amber Small in a Buffalo-area seat that had been held by a Democrat.

Meanwhile, Democrats easily retained control of the state Assembly.

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11:30 p.m.

Former Republican state lawmaker John Faso has defeated progressive champion Zephyr Teachout, allowing the GOP to hang on to a hotly contested open House seat in upstate New York.

The race in a swing district north of New York City now held by retiring Republican Rep. Chris Gibson was marked by a flood of outside money.

Democrats hoped the district would be one of several pick-ups in New York.

Faso returns to elected office 14 years after he left the state Assembly, where he was minority leader. He ran unsuccessfully for state comptroller in 2002 and governor in 2006.

Teachout galvanized liberals with her surprisingly strong 2014 primary challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election bid.

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10:45 p.m.

The fight for the New York state Senate is going into overtime.

With less than half the votes counted late Tuesday Republicans were holding on to small leads in a handful of pivotal races on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley.

Elsewhere in the state many lawmakers cruised to re-election after facing only token opposition. Democrats easily maintained control of the state Assembly.

The party had hoped to win a Senate majority as well but slow vote counting and tight contests in the five or six most competitive races means the outcome might not be known until Wednesday.

Republicans now run the Senate thanks to the support of a handful of breakaway Democrats.

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9:40 p.m.

Democratic state Sen. Adriano Espaillat has won the race to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel in a strongly Democratic New York City district.

Rangel won his congressional seat in 1970 by defeating Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in a Democratic primary.

The current district includes Harlem and parts of the Bronx.

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9 p.m.

Democrat Hillary Clinton has won a convincing victory in the presidential race in New York.

Clinton’s win Tuesday over Republican Donald Trump in their home state adds 29 Electoral College votes to her tally.

The election was never close in New York, with Clinton holding commanding leads in public polls and Trump concentrating on campaigning elsewhere.

Democrats hold a 2-to-1 advantage in voter enrollments in New York. Trump was expected to do best in upstate rural counties where the economy is relatively weaker.

Clinton was first lady when Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan announced his retirement in 1998. She bought a home in New York and won election to succeed Moynihan in 2000. Re-elected in 2006, she resigned in 2009 to become Secretary of State under President Barack Obama.

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6 p.m.

The New York gravestone of Susan B. Anthony is thickly encrusted with “I Voted” stickers on an Election Day that could put America’s first female president in the White House.

A steady stream of people lined up at Rochester’s Mount Hope cemetery starting before dawn to pay respects to the women’s suffrage leader. Women left hundreds of voting stickers as tributes.

Democratic Mayor Lovely Warren is the city’s first female mayor. She passed out replacement stickers with Anthony’s image.

Nora Rubel is director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester. She tells the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle she went to the polls and the grave with her two daughters to share the experience.

The cemetery extended its visiting hours to 9 p.m. Tuesday to accommodate crowds that grew into the thousands by afternoon.

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5:30 p.m.

Progressive champion Zephyr Teachout and fiscal conservative John Faso are in a fierce fight for an open upstate New York House seat.

The race in a swing district now held by retiring Republican Rep. Chris Gibson is a marquee matchup as the Democrats hope to cut into or possibly erase Republicans’ 247-188 majority in elections on Tuesday. The district includes blue-collar Hudson River cities, liberal pockets like Woodstock and farm towns.

The two former candidates for governor are running for one of four open seats in New York. Several other races look competitive.

The retirement of Republican Rep. Richard Hanna set up a three-way race for an open seat in central New York. There are two open seats downstate.

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5 p.m.

New York voters won’t just be selecting their choice for president this Election Day, they’ll also be deciding which political party will control the state Senate.

Republicans currently control the Senate. Democrats control the Assembly and hold the governor’s office.

If Democrats succeed in winning a majority of the 63 Senate seats they’ll control all of the state government. The outcome is likely to come down to a handful of competitive races on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley.

Democrats say a victory will make it easier for them to pass stricter campaign finance laws and government ethics reforms.

Republican Senate candidates say their party provides a good counter-balance and one-party rule would lead to higher taxes and a legislative bias favoring New York City.

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4:45 p.m.

Three-term Democratic New York Sen. Charles Schumer faces a challenge from a little-known and poorly funded Republican New York City lawyer.

Schumer is in line to succeed retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid as leader of Senate Democrats next year. He’s poised to become majority leader if he wins and the Democrats retake the Senate.

Schumer was first elected to Congress in 1980 and hasn’t faced a serious challenge in the heavily Democratic state since defeating Republican incumbent Sen. Alfonse D’Amato in 1998.

On Tuesday he faces Wendy Long, who has linked herself to presidential candidate Donald Trump and his policy proposals in her second run for the Senate.

In 2012, Long challenged Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER’-sten JIHL’-uh-brand) as Gillibrand sought her first full term; Gillibrand won easily.

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