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AP: Saland's GOP Primary Challenge Hinged on His SSM Vote

 

The Associated Press on the other too-close-to-call race:

New York state Sen. Stephen Saland (suh-LAND') was in a tight fight in his first Republican primary in 20 years that hinged on his decision to support same-sex marriage.

According to unofficial results Thursday night, Saland was in a race too close to call against Neil DiCarlo, the chief compliance officer for a Wall Street equities firm.

Saland, of Poughkeepsie, was one of four Republicans who voted last June to approve same-sex marriage, a historic moment that made New York the sixth and by far the largest to legalize gay weddings.

After the vote, conservative Republicans vowed to knock Saland and the other three from office by running aggressive primaries. Two others, Sens. Roy McDonald of Saratoga County and Mark Grisanti (grih-SAHN'-tee) of Buffalo, also faced primaries Thursday. The fourth, James Alesi (uh-LEE'-see) of Rochester, retired.