What was once a 42-vote led for Sen. Stephen Saland in his GOP primary is now a 120 vote-lead, Republican officials said.
The Republican incumbent from Poughkeepsie earlier today had a 90 vote lead: 5,144 votes and challenger Neil Di Carlo had 5,054 votes. The count of 553 absentee ballots in Dutchess County and 73 in Putnam County began Thursday after last week’s too-close-to-call results.
Saland also has the Independence Party ballot line. Terry Gipson of Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, is the Democratic nominee.
While Saland has widened his lead, another imperiled Republican senator hasn’t made up much ground against his primary foe.
Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, trailed challenger Kathy Marchione by 110 votes, according to the Times Union.
McDonald and Saland were two of the four Senate Republicans last year to back the legalization of same-sex marriage, a move that led to conservative challengers in their primaries.