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Some backlash was perceived in Thursday's ersatz Primary Day as a result of the famous Senate gay-marriage vote in which four Republicans crossed over to support the initiative, which previously failed under a Democratic majority. Upstate Sens. Steve Saland and Roy MacDonald were in GOP battles so close that they may be determined by write-in ballots, while Sen. Mark Grisanti of Buffalo survived.
Closer to home, Queens Democrats appear to have dumped indicted Sen. Shirley Huntley, who's being prosecuted in Nassau by AG Eric Schneiderman, in favor of City Councilman James Sanders Jr. It is an overwhelmingly Democratic district, so Sanders is heavily favored to win the seat in November.