Updated 09/14/2012 08:58 AM
McDonald-Marchione race too close to call
Fewer than 150 votes. That's the margin between Senator Roy McDonald and Kathy Marchione in the race for the 43rd Senate District seat. It's going to come down to absentee ballots to determine a winner. Our Megan Cruz reports.
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NEW YORK -- It's too close to call right now between Senator Roy McDonald and Kathy Marchione in the race for the 43rd Senate District seat, and that's with all the precincts reporting. That means around 1,100 absentee ballots will decide this one, and it may be days before a winner is named.
Marchione is on top with 6,792 votes. McDonald has 6,656. The reason for the tight race? It seems like the issue of same sex marriage has divided the very conservative district.
Last year, McDonald crossed the aisle to vote to legalize same sex marriage. This, and a number of negative ads from both sides drove this race.
"I think when someone has you know 10 times the money that you have and you can get out and lie about someone because you can buy $300,000 worth of TV and we couldn't, I think it was a referendum that people really stood with us even though our message couldn't get out like his could," said Marchione.
"Now, it would be nice to win it all by a big margin, but it's not going to be it shows you that people paid attention and they are going to be a part of the process," said McDonald.
But regardless of who takes this Republican line, both will be on the November ballot no matter what. Marchione with the Conservative nod, and McDonald on the Independence line.
For the Democrats, you have Claverack Town Supervisor Robin Andrews.
As for the other contentious races in the area, David Soares beat out challenger Lee Kindlon. That means he'll get his third term as the Albany County District Attorney because there's no GOP candidate to face him in November.
As for the results in the 44th Senate District, incumbent Neil Breslin beat out challenger Shawn Morse.