continued “I sure hope I win, I think I will – but you never know. We’re going to be thinking about this for a long time to come as part of an exciting election primary process. This is only part of the way. Nov. 6 is still the main objective,” said McDonald, which drew cheers from his supporters.
When asked why he thought the race was so close, McDonald said he didn’t know but if somebody found out, to please let him know.
Marchione’s camp had similar thoughts after seeing the results.
“We expect counting will proceed in an orderly and fair process, and we're cautiously optimistic that Kathy will be victorious when all the votes are counted. Kathy is excited about moving forward to the next phase of the campaign and talking to the voters about how we can lower taxes, put New York back to work and clean up Albany,” said Ken Girardin, a spokesman for Marchione, in a statement.
The close call comes after a contentious race between McDonald and Marchione. While McDonald and Gilbert took part in an amicable forum on Thursday, Sept. 7, a debate between McDonald and Marchione on Monday, Sept. 11, was at times heated. Many have painted the senator as vulnerable after he cast a key vote in support of same sex marriage in New York, and some GOP leaders in the district cited that moment as the reason they dropped support for him this year.
Primary night brought out many of McDonald’s supporters including Town of Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski. He summed up the race as “challenging, to say the least.”
“Quite frankly, I firmly believe Roy to be the choice and I hope it comes out that way. It’s just the way I feel. I think that Roy has the experience certainly, and I think people are taking (heart with) one vote that was very controversial but he still put his best foot forward as he felt to make the right choice,” said Kinowski.