4 Things to Know: The NY results

ALBANY (USA TODAY)  - Hillary Clinton won big (in New York). Chuck Schumer won, but lost. And the state Senate appears to have picked up some red.
 
Here's four things you need to know about Election Day in New York:
 
Clinton wins big in NYC
 
In a presidential race that often defied conventional wisdom, Hillary Clinton's win in New York was an exception.
 
The Democratic candidate won big in New York City, fared well in the suburbs and won upstate's largest cities en route to picking up nearly 60 percent of the statewide vote, according to unofficial results with 91 percent of precincts reporting.
 
Generally speaking, those are the traditional Democratic strongholds in New York, which has more than twice as many Democrats as Republicans.
 
Trump, meanwhile, fared well in rural upstate counties, as well as in Suffolk County on Long Island, which he won with about 53 percent of the vote.
 
Clinton's best New York county was the Bronx, where she picked up more than 88 percent of the vote. Trump's was rural Wyoming County, where he received 73 percent of the vote.
 
Schumer in the minority
 
Sen. Charles Schumer handily won re-election, receiving 70.7 percent of the vote in his race against Republican Wendy Long.
 
But his bid to become Senate majority leader appears to have fallen short.
 
As the Senate Democrats' leader-in-waiting, Schumer had a shot to become the powerful majority leaders had his party picked up five seats in the Senate.
 
As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, Republicans were declared winner in 48 Senate races nationwide, with Democrats picking up 46.
 
Democrats would likely have to win five of the remaining six seats to take over the majority -- a major longshot.
Before the nationwide results were in, Schumer sounded an optimistic tone.
 
"You know, tonight, there's another thing that could happen: There's a chance I could become majority leader of the U.S. Senate," he said during his victory speech Tuesday night.
 
It's good to be an incumbent
 
The big winners in the tightly contested, expensive race for control of the state Senate: Incumbents.
 
All but one incumbent state senator who sought re-election either won outright Tuesday or held a lead heading in to absentee ballot counts.
 
That includes Sens. George Latimer, D-Rye, Westchester County; Terrence Murphy, R-Yorktown, Westchester County; and Sue Serino, R-Hyde Park, Dutchess County, all of whom were targets of the opposing party.
 
The exception was Long Island Republican Michael Venditto, who trailed Democratic opponent John Brooks by just 33 votes.
 
Republicans, meanwhile, flipped a seat in the Buffalo area that was previously held by Democratic Sen. Marc Panepinto, who did not seek re-election.
 
If unofficial results hold on Long Island, Republicans would hold 31 seats. With Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who sits with Republicans, the GOP would have just enough to control the majority in the 63-seat Senate.
 
GOP holds strong
 
Republicans, despite the statewide victories of Clinton and Schumer, were able to retain their nine seats in the U.S. House.
 
In the two open seats currently held by Republicans, they kept both: John Faso won the open seat in the Hudson Valley being vacated by Chris Gibson, and Claudia Tenney won a central New York seat being vacated by Richard Hanna.
 
Democrats kept their 18 House seats.
 
"Tonight was a huge win for our New York Republican congressional delegation,” state GOP chairman Ed Cox said in a statement.
 
“We secured victories in the two hotly contested open seats, a true testament to the quality of our candidates and our nominee at the top of the ticket, Donald Trump.”
 


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