Roy McDonald, Kathy Marchione

Roy McDonald, Kathy Marchione

Rensselaer County Board of Elections officials, left, and representatives for the Sen. Roy McDonald and Kathy Marchione campaigns, count absentee ballots at the board of elections office on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Troy, N.Y. Counting could be wrapped up in two state Senate primaries that were too close to call last week. Marchione challenged McDonald in one primary. McDonald is one of two veteran Republicans who faced a strong challenge based on their pivotal support of gay marriage last year. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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