Redistricting Chaos Theory: Jim Tedisco, the State Senate and the Last Long Island Republican

Every indicator suggests that, when all of the counting, recounting and litigating is finally over, Scott Murphy will have defeated Jim Tedisco for the open House seat in the upstate 20th District. But the biggest loser could end up being a Long Islander.
That would be Peter King, the ninth-term Republican congressman whose 3rd District is nowhere near the 20th. With Murphy’s apparent victory, Democrats have lost what would have been an easy target for congressional redistricting in 2012, when the state will lose at least one – and probably two – seats.
Had Tedisco prevailed in the historically Republican district, the thinking went, state Democrats would have sought to break it up, maybe throwing some of its G.