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Results for G.O.P. Backers of Gay Marriage (in NY): Two Victories and, It Appears, a Loss
NYT ^ | September 24, 2012 | Thomas Kaplan

Posted on 09/26/2012 2:27:03 PM PDT by NYer

ALBANY — One of the four Republican state senators who voted for same-sex marriage claimed victory Monday in a close primary against an opponent critical of his vote, while another of the four appeared increasingly certain to lose his party’s nomination over the issue.

In the Hudson Valley, the completion of counting of absentee ballots showed that Senator Stephen M. Saland of Poughkeepsie had defeated his challenger, Neil A. Di Carlo, by 107 votes in the Sept. 13 primary. In the capital region, there no longer appeared to be enough ballots outstanding to give Senator Roy J. McDonald a chance of overtaking his challenger, Kathleen A. Marchione, the Saratoga County clerk, who also made same-sex marriage a large part of her campaign.

The two races, which were too close to call on Primary Day, have been watched carefully by interest groups on both sides of the marriage issue. The New York State Legislature last year became the first with a Republican-controlled chamber to approve same-sex marriage, and the primaries offered the first test of whether Republican voters would punish the New York senators who voted in favor of allowing gay men and lesbians to wed. p itemprop="articleBody"> One of the four Republican senators who voted for the Marriage Equality Act, James S. Alesi of Monroe County, had decided not to seek re-election. Two, Mr. Saland and Mark J. Grisanti of Buffalo, have now won competitive primaries; and the other, Mr. McDonald, appears to have lost his party’s nomination.

Jason J. McGuire, the executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a conservative group, said that even though Mr. Saland had prevailed, his tight race should serve as “a real wake-up call” to other Republicans.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: gop; ssm

Kathleen A. Marchione, the Saratoga County clerk, appeared to have narrowly defeated Senator Roy J. McDonald in the Sept. 13 Republican primary.
1 posted on 09/26/2012 2:27:05 PM PDT by NYer
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah; Liz; The Mayor; Cincinna

Ping!


2 posted on 09/26/2012 2:28:35 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

good news. here’s another trustworthy conservative through the primary for those of us working down ticket. God’s speed, kathy marchione (www.marchione2012.com). thank you for taking out another rino.


3 posted on 09/26/2012 2:55:16 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: NYer

DiCarlo is staying in as the Conservative candidate.
Bisso for Assembly is doing the same.
It is great Marchione pulled this out, she is a good candidate.

Jason McGuire is also a good guy, we worked together on a few races.


4 posted on 09/26/2012 4:56:31 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: NYer

Placemark.


5 posted on 09/26/2012 8:55:16 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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