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GOP invests in Westchester

Senate Republicans continue to pour money into the race for an open seat in Westchester County.

Campaign-finance statements filed Monday show the GOP has spent $163,000 on behalf of Bob Cohen, a Westchester County businessman who is taking on Assemb. George Latimer (D-Rye) to replace retiring Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck).

That’s more than the GOP has spent on behalf of any other state Senate candidate.

[Spending on behalf of a candidate is different from money sent directly from the party to a candidate. Last month, the GOP reported sending Cohen $94,000. It sent even more directly to Eric Ulrich, who is taking on Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Ozone Park): $250,000.]

The GOP also spent $105,000 on Sen. Roy McDonald (R-Wilton), $51,000 on Sen. Stephen Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) and $13,000 on Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), three of the four Republicans who voted to legalize same-sex marriage and who are being targeted for ouster by conservatives.

Statements from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee weren’t yet posted electronically Monday.

Cohen narrowly lost to Oppenheimer in 2010 and Republicans are investing heavily in Cohen as they try to maintain their narrow margin in the state Senate.

Tags: Bob Cohen , George Latimer

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