There aren't enough votes left to be counted in the 43rd Senate District for Sen. Roy McDonald to surmount the lead Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione has built up in the battle for the Republican nomination.
McDonald headed into Monday down 110 votes and needing to make up significant ground in Saratoga and Columbia counties, where more than 650 absentee and affidavit ballots were scheduled to be counted. When the day was over, McDonald gained ground in Saratoga County, where almost 400 votes were counted, but Marchione gained about the same in Columbia County, according to her campaign workers.
Now the Marchione lead is more than 100 votes, just a few less than what it was after primary night on Sept. 13.
In each county there were contested votes that have not been counted and require a judge to determine their validity. There was one vote laid aside in Washington County, 21 in Rensselaer County and about 30 in Columbia and Saratoga counties combined -- approximately 52 laid aside in the entire district.
In order for McDonald to surmount Marchione's current lead he would need more than 100 votes to have been laid aside, with all of them breaking in his favor.
Neither side has yet to publicly declare victoy or concede the election
Both candidates will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, as Marchione secured the Conservative line and McDonald will be on the Independence line. McDonald told the Gazette on Sept. 14 that he would run on the Independence line, regardless of what happened with the Republican nomination.
The Democratic candidate in the race is Robin Andrews, a town supervisor in Columbia County.