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Saland (one of the Republican Four) wins primary

Timothy Kincaid

September 24th, 2012

Steve Saland, one of four Republicans in the New York Senate to vote for marriage, has won his primary. On election day the results were too close to call, but now that the absentee ballots have been counted it is clear. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

After the remaining absentee and affidavit ballots were counted today at the Dutchess County Board of Elections Saland received 286 and Di Carlo 217, said Fran Knapp, Democratic election commissioner.

This gives Saland a grand total of 5,288 votes and Di Carlo 5,181 votes in Dutchess and Putnam counties — a 107 vote lead for Saland.

There are 34 ballots set aside for judicial review before the results become official.

Of the four, Sen. Alesi did not run for reelection, Sen. Grisante won his primary on election night, and Sen. McDonanald’s absentee ballot count has not been completed.



September 24th, 2012 | LINK

It’s not looking good for McDonald. He’s still behind and there are not a whole lot of uncounted or contested ballots remaining.

He may still run on a different party line (in NY we have somewhere between 10 and 20 party lines that cross-endorse candidates). (As an aside, I cringe whenever I see a judge candidate on the Republican, Right-to-Life, Conservative, AND Liberal and Democratic Party lines.)

Whether he still runs on the Independence Party (a sometimes extremely fringe right-wing party) line or not, it looks like the push (from the LGBT community) will soon be on to back an out Lesbian running on the Democratic line. Because of McDonald’s vote for ME, most of the LGBT groups seem to have held back their support for her so as to not abandon a brave ally.

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