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Joanne Yepsen out of senate race

"I don't think it changes things for us," said Russo. "We just keep our nose to the grindstone doing the things we need to do to execute our strategy."

Yepsen has previously stated her belief that Russo was behind the objections to her signatures, and Premo criticized his opponent for exploiting what he called a "technicality" in the electoral system.

"Mike Russo was bragging about the fact he was going to knock her off the primary," said Premo. "Everybody should be able to run in a primary, that's the democratic process."

The Saratoga County Democratic Committee endorsed Premo in May when it was assumed he would be running against longtime incumbent Joseph Bruno. After Bruno's decision to not seek reelection, however, Russo joined the race and says he has scooped up 35 major endorsements to date.

Nassau Councilman Ray Seney and 112th District Assemblyman Roy McDonald will face off in the Republican primary.""

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