There was significantly less drama than expected last night over who controls the state Senate.

In the end, Republicans emerged from Election Day with a clear majority: 32 GOP lawmakers, plus Simcha Felder in Brooklyn gives them 33.

On paper, they do not need to cut a deal with the Independent Democratic Conference to hold on to power like they did two years ago upon falling into the minority.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, due to receive the title of majority leader in full once again come January, wouldn’t say what the plan is for IDC Leader Jeff Klein and his five-member conference.

“I haven’t spoken to Jeff,” Skelos said in an interview on The Capitol Pressroom this morning. “I think he’s going to the Somos conference… when he comes back we’ll chat.”

Asked if he’s open to keeping the IDC-GOP coalition alive, Skelos demurred.

“Bipartisanship has been all of us working together, including the IDC,” he said.

Klein on Monday moved away from forming a new coalition with the mainline conference of Democrats, declaring that “things have changed” since an agreement to do so was reached back in June (that includes primary challengers continuing to press on despite a ceasefire).

“I’m a Democrat, I want to elect Democrats, but when the dust settles it’s incumbent on us to work together,” Klein said, adding: “I think it’s premature to say what anyone is going to do until the dust settles.”

Under the current arrangement, Klein and Skelos both hold the title of Senate co-president.

Both conference leaders have to agree to which bills come to the floor for a vote.

With 33 seats on the Republican side of the chamber, it seems highly unlikely this will continue.

But some form of an IDC and Republican alliance still be needed.

While Republicans are generally known for keeping their lawmakers as a single bloc of votes on key legislation, any number of factors could keep majority party senators from attending session in Albany.

Sen. Tom Libous is ill with a recurrence of cancer. Two Republican senators are in their 80s.

The blueprint is there for a coalition similar to what was created in 2011, when Klein and the IDC first formed their breakaway conference. It wasn’t an official alliance, but allowed the IDC to wait in the wings should the Republicans fall out of power.

For Klein the gamble is a simple one: Form an alliance with Democrats in the minority or risk the wrath of primary voters once again and align himself with Republicans.

In two short years, another presidential election is around the corner, and more Democrats will likely come out to vote.