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UPDATE: As absentee ballots are counted, Marchione adds 4 votes to her lead over McDonald

September 20, 2012
Updated 4:01 p.m.
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Lawyers for the Marchione and McDonald campaign watch as the recanvassing of machine vote totals in Saratoga County begins on Wednesday morning in Ballston Spa, where the county BOE is headquartered. Sept. 19, 2012.
Lawyers for the Marchione and McDonald campaign watch as the recanvassing of machine vote totals in Saratoga County begins on Wednesday morning in Ballston Spa, where the county BOE is headquartered. Sept. 19, 2012.

— Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione's lead on Sen. Roy McDonald in their Republican primary contest grew to 110 votes on Thursday, after officials counted affidavit and absentee ballots in Washington and Rensselaer counties.

Heading into the day, McDonald had 6,732 votes overall and Marchione had 6,838 in the race for the GOP nomination in the 43rd Senate District.

On primary day, Marchione won Rensselaer County, 2,247 to 2,043. That lead grew on Thursday, with the review of more than 320 absentee ballots and about a dozen affidavit ballots. The count swung back and forth all day long, but Marchione ultimately netted three votes from the process.

According to the Marchione campaign, they also gained one additional vote in Washington County, where 20 absentee ballots and two affidavit ballots were reviewed.

There were 21 affidavit or absentee ballots set aside in Rensselaer County, following objections from the two campaigns that need to be ruled on by a judge. The Marchione campaign objected to 19 votes and the McDonald campaign objected to 2.

Lawyers for both candidates objected to a handful of these votes, causing some early morning tension, with McDonald lawyer Jeff Buley objecting to the other side's objections.

For the most part, though, the scene has been rather jovial.

 
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September 20, 2012
2:43 p.m.
Scacman6562 says...

Hats off to Sen. McDonald for standing for his principles voting for gay marraige despite the unpopularity of it within his party. There were others in the Republican party who choose not to case a vote and abstain from taking a stand. He certainly has my vote on Nov. 6!

September 20, 2012
9:55 p.m.
ajames says...

Yes, congrats to him for accepting all that pride money after turning his back on all of the Conservatives that he graciously turned his back on after accepting their endorsement. I'm sure he'll do wonderfully on Ballot line E...

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