After Tuesday, the new makeup of the New York state Senate could pave the way for a Democratic takeover.
But the party needs two races to go its way.
Democrat Shelley Mayer is running for an open seat in Westchester County, and Luis Sepulveda is the Democrat running for the open seat in the Bronx.
"Well, I mean, never too confident. Remember what happened with Hillary Clinton and other electeds? We've worked like we are behind in the polls," Sepulveda said. "We've worked this community for a long time, so it's been a great ride. I love community service."
Right now, Democrats have 29 seats and Republicans have 31, with two open seats. Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder actually conferences with the Republicans, giving them the magic number of 32, which is enough to form a majority.
If Sepulveda and Mayer both win, Democrats will hold 31 and Republicans 31, making Felder the kingmaker, depending on which side he chooses to empower. Democrats are hoping he comes home to them.
"It's important to me that a lot of issues have been unresolved since the budget passed, things like the Child Victims Act — which is important to me — things like criminal justice reform," Sepulveda said.
Mayer is facing a challenge from Republican Julie Killian, who has the backing of law-enforcement groups. Mayer was also recently accused of covering up alleged sexual harassment when she served as Counsel to the Senate Democrats the last time they held the majority in 2010.
But Mayer and her supporters believe anti-Trump sentiment in Westchester will prevail and she will win the seat.
"He has set the tone for their party and they cannot run away," Mayer said. "And the kind of lies and conduct and smears and conduct that they engage in in this race, which is set from the top, from the Trump agenda, I just think people are really turned off by it."
Sepulveda is facing Patrick Delices, the Republican, and Pamela Stewart-Martinez on the Reform Party line. But the district is overwhelmingly Democratic, meaning his opponents' chances are likely slim.
There are also nine races for open state assembly seats: Two in the Capital Region, three on Long Island, one in Buffalo, and three in New York City.