A sweet 16 for McDonald (UPDATED)
Sen. Roy McDonald has cut Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione's lead for the Republican nomination in the 43rd Senate District by 16 votes.
After Saratoga County completed the recanvassing of the machine vote totals from Thursday's primary election, McDonald and Marchione both gained votes in the county, but McDonald gained more. McDonald had been leading, 3,464 to 3,333, but this was bumped to 3,503 to 3356. This makes McDonald's deficit in the district 106 votes.
“This is positive news for the McDonald campaign and Roy’s supporters, we’re confident that our absentee voter outreach will continue to close the gap throughout this process,” said McDonald spokesman Mike Veitch. “Picking up 16 votes today certainly helps Roy McDonald in winning the primary.”
The local totals in Saratoga County can be seen below.
A recanvassing of the Rensselaer County machine totals was supposed to be completed today per a court order on Tuesday, but for some reason it was not even started. The Republican commissioner for the Rensselaer County Board of Elections did respond to a question about the failure.
Also today, for whatever it is worth, McDonald's bid for the Republican nomination gained the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor, in a statement issued by his office, did not say whether he would cross the aisle to support McDonald in the general election.
UPDATE (6:31 p.m.) Still no response from the Rensselaer County BOE, but the Marchione campaign said the recanvassing of machine totals in Rensselaer County will happen tomorrow.
The Capitol Confidential blog is reporting that Rensselaer County did finish its recanvassing today, but didn't have any changes to report.
Oh, and Washington County completed its recanvassing of machine totals on Tuesday and didn't see any change.
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Saratoga County Recanvass Machine Ballots