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Senate Republicans have spent almost $2 million on eight candidates, so far, as they try to hold to the one arm of state government the party controls, according to records filed with the state Board of Elections.
- $580,000 on Eric Ulrich in his bid to unseat Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Ozone Park).
- $359,000 on Bob Cohen, running for an open seat in Westchester County against Assemb. George Latimer (D-Rye).
- $244,000 on Sen. Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) in his unsuccessful bid to fend off a conservative challenger in a GOP primary.
- $238,000 on Sen. Greg Ball in his re-election bid against Democrat Justin Wagner.
- $200,000 on Assemb. Sean Hanna (R-Mendon), running for an open seat in Greater Rochester against Democrat Ted O’Brien.
- $168,000 on Assemb. George Amedore (R-Rotterdam) running in a newly created district against Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk (pronounced KAT-chick).
- $118,000 on Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), who won a GOP primary but is facing a tough general election contest against Democrat Michael Amodeo.
- $90,000 on Assemb. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), running against Democrat Ricardo Montano for the seat vacated by retiring Sen. Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon).