CAPITAL DISTRICT Cecilia Tkaczyk considerably won the Democratic primary in the 46th Senate District by receiving more than half of the votes in the three-way race.
Tkaczyk, of Duanesburg, secured 3,156 votes after primary results rolled in from Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany, Greene and Ulster counties, according to unofficial numbers. Greene County results didn’t roll in until after election night, but it was already clear Tkaczyk had claimed a comfortable victory.
“The overwhelming amount of support I’ve received in these last few months has been truly inspiring,” Tkaczyk said in a statement. “To be able to come out of this primary with these strong numbers is going to propel me to victory in November.”
Thomas Dolan fell more than 1,000 votes behind Tkaczyk, with 1,941 votes. Monica Arias Miranda, who labeled herself an “independent Democrat,” garnered 859 votes.
Tkaczyk’s biggest win in the election was a landside in Ulster County, where she secured 1,052 votes, with her Democratic challengers only nabbing 358 votes combined.
The only county in which Tkaczyk wasn’t the top pick was Albany County, where Dolan collected about 45 percent of the total and Tkaczyk 39 percent. A Coeymans Town Board member, Dolan was the only candidate from Albany County in the race.
Tkaczyk’s campaign touted her win as an “unprecedented victory” and Tkaczyk said the strong support bodes well for her general election chances against Republican George Amedore.
“I am going to work very hard to get my message out and I see myself as a very strong candidate,” Tkaczyk said.
Tkaczyk garnered many prominent endorsements and outraised her opponents. Tkaczyk’s campaign reported having $60,000 on hand days before the election, having spent nearly $30,000.
Arias Miranda thanked her supporter in a Facebook post acknowledging her defeat.
“I did not win the Democratic line but am very proud of the integrity under which I ran my campaign,” Arias Miranda said. “I look forward to staying in touch with the many new friends I have made across the way and continuing my work in the community.”