With almost all the ballots counted in the 46th Senate District race, Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk holds a 19-vote lead over Republican Assemblyman George Amedore and is the unoffical winner in the race.

There is still one ballot to be counted in Albany County. A newly found ballot in Montgomery County could also be counted, though it would make no difference in the final outcome.

Amedore’s campaign could still ask for a hand recount in the race, but his attorney tells us that is unlikely.

Tkaczyk just released this statement declaring victory:

“It is an incredible privilege to have been selected by the people of the 46th District to serve as their State Senator. No one believed our campaign had a chance in a district hand-carved by Republicans, and yet the power of good ideas and a strong campaign proved itself. Thanks to all those who volunteered both on the campaign itself as well as the successful post-election ballot counting process,” Tkaczyk said.

“I am honored to stand with Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and my fellow Democratic Senators, in pursuing the common sense, progressive agenda that New Yorkers demand. I look forward to hitting the ground running to serve my new constituents because there is no time to waste addressing the many challenges facing our state.”

Her victory makes the official party breakdown in the state Senate: 5 Independent Democrats, 27 Democrats, 30 Republicans, and one Simcha Felder, who is a Democrat conferencing with the GOP.

Bottom line: There are now more Democrats than Republicans in the chamber, making the power-sharing agreement between the IDC and Republicans more necessary. If Amedore had won the seat, the Republican conference (with Felder) would have had 32 members – enough to pass legislation without Democrats or IDC members.

UPDATE: I (Liz) traded texts with IDC spokesman Eric Soufer, who said he’s not yet prepared to issue an official statement on the 46th SD outcome. He did tell me, however, that Tkaczyk’s win will not impact the IDC-GOP coalition – even though the Democrats would now be able to control the chamber outright if the 5 IDC members returned to the fold.