Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, is the unofficial winner of his tight GOP primary two weeks ago, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports.
The remaining absentee and affidavit ballots were counted today. It ended with Saland holding a 107-vote lead. There are just 34 contested ballots.
“So it’s impossible for Saland to lose,” Fran Knapp, Democratic election commissioner, said. “He won.”
The results are still unofficial, though, she said.
Senate Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief, for sure. Not only did they fear losing Saland, they feared losing the seat in November to Democrats if Di Carlo, a conservative candidate, was pitted against Democrat Terry Gibson in the moderate Hudson Valley district.
Saland’s future was in doubt after Di Carlo made Saland’s same-sex marriage vote last year a key criticism to GOP primary voters.