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Kathy Marchione leads 43rd Senate District race by 109 votes


ALBANY, N.Y. - It's been a week-and-a-half since the primary election, but the 43rd Senate District seat is still being hashed out.

On Monday, Saratoga and Columbia Counties completed absentee ballot counts, and the latest numbers show incumbent Senator Roy McDonald is down 109 votes to Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione.

While there has not been much change in terms of the vote count, there are still a number of ballots which were set aside in each county and are still up for consideration.

While Marchione's camp has said a win for her is inevitable, the McDonald campaign is not conceding yet, saying Monday in a statement, quote, "The McDonald campaign is considering all available options at this time. Senator McDonald is very proud of his career along with the accomplishments he's achieved during his time in office and he is honored to participate in the democratic process. We plan to have a decision about the campaign's future by the end of this week or the beginning of next week."

Marchione is expected to deliver remarks following the completion of the ballot count at the Marchione Campaign Headquarters in Clifton Park on Tuesday.

Many have speculated that McDonald's vote for same-sex marriage in New York State could have drawn votes away from him in this primary, however the LGBT community is saying just the opposite.

"The Pride Center is really just so proud of Roy McDonald, for the courage that he displayed," says Curran Streett, the interim executive director for the center. "He has made leaps and bounds for families all over New York State and he has a lot to be proud of, and we're very thankful."

Streett says while the organization is non-partisan, she calls McDonald's decision courageous.

Streett says while no predictions can be made, she feels this issue will continue to play a role in politics. "Change is slow, the Pride Center has seen that, but we really view this work as planting seeds," she says. "The more people are out and the more same-sex relationships are recognized on a state level, the more you will see change happen."

Robin Andrews, the democratic contender for the 43rd Senate District seat, married her partner after The Marriage Equality Act was passed in New York State.

Andrews tells NEWS10 while she has been out campaigning, she feels voters are talking about jobs and the economy, rather than social issues. 

Andrews says she doesn't see same-sex marriage being a big aspect of the general election.

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