Sen. Roy McDonald will announce Thursday that he will not push forward with a third-party campaign, two people familiar with this campaign said.
One source said McDonald, a two-term Republican incumbent who lost a GOP primary to Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione, made his decision “for the good of the party.” He has been largely silent since the Sept. 13 primary, as he weighed whether to push toward the November general election on the Independence Party line, which he secured over the summer.
While she always maintained her platform was broader, Marchione’s challenge to McDonald was shaped in large part by his 2011 vote to legalize same-sex marriage. Marchione opposes same-sex marriage, and has criticized McDonald for his pugilistic explanation of his vote and suggested that he was motivated by the promise of campaign cash from well-heeled gay rights advocates, many of whom live outside of the four-county 43rd Senate District.
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