In a primary election yesterday, New York Republican state senators who voted for gay marriage faced the voters. John Fund reports:

In June 2011, four New York Republican state senators broke ranks to vote for the law legalizing gay marriage in the Empire State, and three Democrats who had previously voted against the measure joined them. Gay-marriage opponents vowed to oust them in this month’s primaries.

The results from Thursday’s low-turnout primary aren’t complete given uncounted absentee ballots. But it is clear the National Organization for Marriage and other traditional-marriage groups drew some blood. One of the four Republicans, James Alesi, announced his retirement earlier this year rather than face a potential challenger. Senator Roy McDonald of Saratoga Springs has apparently lost, and Senator Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie had a 42-vote lead with 600 absentee ballots left to be counted.

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