Updated 09/25/2012 06:14 PM
Marchione celebrates primary victory
Kathy Marchione celebrated her victory over Senator Roy McDonald in the republican primary race for the 43rd Senate seat. Our Erin Vannella has more on what she had to say to her supporters.
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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- Kathy Marchione celebrates her victory in the republican primary race for the 43rd Senate seat.
Marchione is 116 votes ahead of incumbent Senator Roy McDonald, with 50 votes still left in question. She told supporters she wants to bring change to Albany, saying Albany spends too much and borrows too much.
McDonald's campaign isn't giving up. He can appear on the independence line in November.
"We are going to continue to fight hard as we did in the primary. It worked well for us. If Senator McDonald appears on the independence line and continues to campaign, that is certainly his prerogative to do so. I believe at the end of the day, just like yesterday, we will be victorious," Marchione said.
Marchione slammed McDonald for crossing party lines and voting in favor of legalizing same sex marriage. It's a move Governor Cuomo has called brave.
McDonald's campaign says they'll make a decision about the future by the end of this week or the beginning of next week.
The democrat candidate in the district says same sex-marriage isn't the focus of this race. Claverack Town Supervisor Robin Andrews, who married her partner last year, says voters are thinking about their wallets, not social issues this November.
"I think they care about jobs and they care about their taxes and they care about their child's education. So I don't know if it will play at all in winning this race or how this plays out in the general election, I don't think so," Andrews said.
Andrews says she wants to focus on job creation in her campaign and bolstering the struggling economy.
In 2009, she became the first female Town Supervisor in Claverack’s history and the first Democrat elected in 35 years.