There has been speculation since Sen. Roy McDonald decided against sticking it out in the 43rd SD on the Independence Party line that the LGBT/same-sex marriage supporter campaign cash that had been flowing his way might start heading to the Democratic contender, Robin Andrews, instead.

Andrews, the Claverack town supervisor, had been relatively low profile until McDonald bowed out of the race. Now she’s in what’s essentially a head-to-head contest (McDonald’s name is still on the ballot on Row E, even though he’s not actively campaigning), with Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione, whose opposition to gay marriage played a key role in her GOP primary win over the senator.

So far, Andrews is not seeing an influx of cash from gay donors, who filled McDonald’s campaign coffers after his “yes” vote on the same-sex marriage bill helped pass the measure in the GOP-controlled state Senate last year.

To be fair, McDonald only announced on Sept. 27 that he would not be running in the November election, and the cut-off date for the 32-day pre-general election filing was Oct. 1.

The same-sex marriage set was in the process of marshalling its resources and troops to back McDonald on the Independence Party line. In fact, on the very day he decided not to run, New York Unity PAC released a poll indicating a path to victory for the senator on Nov. 6.

Now these donors are re-grouping and trying to decide whether to back Andrews or focus on protecting the other “yes” voters – Sens. Steve Saland and Mark Grisanti – who are still arguably in danger of losing their seats. It remains to be seen whether the fact that Andrews is gay herself (and was able to marry her partner thanks in part to McDonald’s vote) makes her candidacy any more attractive to gay donors.

Andrews did receive two fairly sizable contributions in the immediate aftermath of McDonald’s announcement: $2,000 from the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee on Sept. 27 and $1,000 from SEIU 200 United on Sept. 28.

Also on Sept. 27, the Columbia County Democratic Committee transferred $1,000 into Andrews’ campaign account.

Andrews started this fundraising period with $24,121 on hand. She raised $22,389 – most of which came from her Columbia County base – spent $20,682 and has $27,828 on hand.

Marchione’s filing isn’t up on the Board of Elections website yet, but CapCon has the toplines. She started the period with $102,082 on hand, raised $42,323 and now has 59,870.

Nick reported yesterday that McDonald’s once overflowing war chest has shrunk to just $7,045 following one of the most expensive Senate primaries in the state’s history.