Despite spending close to $400,000 on a close-call primary, Sen. Stephen Saland’s campaign has $393,093 on hand for the general election, according to a filing made Friday.
Saland — a Poughkeepsie Republican who faced a primary challenge for the first time in his career, largely in response to his vote in favor of same-sex marriage — narrowly defeated fellow Republican Neil Di Carlo in September.
Campaign finance records show Saland’s campaign spent $390,998.67 from January through Sept. 23, ten days after the primary election. His war chest grew to as much as $650,000, before dropping to its current level.
Saland still will have a major cash advantage over his two general election opponents: Di Carlo, who is running on the Conservative line; and Terry Gipson, a village trustee in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County. Gipson has $41,298 on hand, according to his Friday filing, while Di Carlo’s report hasn’t appeared yet. (In late September, Di Carlo’s campaign had $3,372 on hand.
Saland fared better than Sen. Roy McDonald, a Saratoga Republican who also faced a primary challenge after voting for same-sex marriage. McDonald was defeated by Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione, and now has just $7,000 left in a campaign account that once had over $350,000.