Absentees counted, Marchione's lead still more than 100 votes
Posted at: 09/24/2012 5:50 PM
| Updated at: 09/24/2012 6:14 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
BALLSTON SPA -They couldn't go to the polls on election night. So they mailed absentee ballots to cast their vote in the primary race between Senator Roy McDonald and Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione.
And today, their votes were counted.
At least most of them.
"Can't read this, can't read this, can't read this," says McDonald campaign manager Jim Thompson as he hands an envelope containing a ballot to clerks gathered around the table at Saratoga County's Board Of Elections.
Some were challenged and set aside to be decided by a judge, if it gets that far and those are needed to decide the race.
But by late Monday afternoon, it appeared that McDonald couldn't make up enough ground.
"We still believe that we're up by about 110, so they would need much more than that to go before a judge in order to change the result," said Mike Cuevas, attorney for the Marchione campaign.
Still, the attorney for the McDonald campaign was not ready to concede, saying he expects the 50-some ballots that were set aside for a judge to look at, will go his client's way.
"Then we'll take a look at all the ballots that have been laid aside in all four counties, then the senator and I and his campaign manager will have a discussion and we'll be making some decisions there," said Jeff Buley, attorney for the McDonald campaign.
McDonald has the Independence Party line in the general election in November. Marchione has the Conservative line, and it appears now she's won the Republican line.
Claverack Town Supervisor Robin Andrews has the Democratic line.