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Tom Libous Dies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A longtime New York state senator who helped lead its Republican majority before his conviction last year for lying to the FBI has died. Tom Libous, who was 63, died Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer. His death was announced in a statement from his family. Libous lost his seat as the Senate’s deputy majority leader after being convicted in July. Prosecutors say he lied to agents asking how his son Matthew got a $150,000-a-year law firm job.

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Libous’ Former District Is Not As Republican As You Might Think

The upcoming election to replace former Republican state senator Tom Libous is high-stakes. If the district turns Democrat, it could tip the balance of power in the state senate. Conventional wisdom says that’s going to be very hard to do. The area seems like a Republican stronghold after Libous’ long tenure, and it has over 9,000 more voters registered Republican than Democrat. But a deeper look tells another story.