Absentee ballots will decide 43rd NYS Senate District Primary race

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The primary between Incumbent Senator Roy McDonald and Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione will be decided by 1,100 absentee ballots, according to a spokesperson for McDonald.

Throughout Thursday evening, the numbers continued to fluctuate as the votes were tallied, with no clear victor. As of Friday morning, each had 50% of the vote. Marchione with 6,817 total votes and McDonald with 6,679 total votes.

The was a lot of heated debate between the two candidates in the weeks leading up to the primary, Marchione focusing on McDonald's vote on same-sex marriage, and McDonald accusing Marchione of double-dipping, in regards to her pension from Saratoga County and salary from the state if she were to be elected.

During a brief speech just before 11:00 Thursday evening, McDonald said the race is going to be a nail-biter, and to stay tuned for extra innings.

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