Republican state Sen. Daphne Jordan will no longer campaign for the GOP and Conservative Party lines this August amid a challenge from fellow Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco for the nomination, she announced Tuesday morning.
Jordan's decision to halt her campaign for the nominations makes her the latest lawmaker to run afoul of the redistricting process this year after the maps were drawn by an independent special master appointed by a judge in Steuben County.
Jordan in a statement said her name by law will still appear on the Aug. 23 primary ballot after she filed to run for re-election in what will be the 44th Senate district.
Tedisco, who currently represents a neighboring state Senate district, also declared his plans to run in the 44th district after he was drawn into a potentially more competitive seat.
The contest had split Republican leaders, with Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt backing Jordan's bid for the 44th district, but Tedisco receiving support from Saratoga County Republicans.
Jordan blamed Tedisco for creating a "circus atmosphere" in the campaign.
"I want no part of this sideshow," Jordan said. "I’m not going to play a political game that would be destructive, divisive, and undermine the principles that I care deeply about."
Tedisco in a statement said the campaign for the nomination "was never personal for me" and called for unity.
"We can’t let the Empire State become the Empty State," he said. "I love New York and I’m sad that one party rule in state government has created the present agenda where people want to leave New York.”
Jordan was first elected to the state Senate in 2016, replacing Republican Cathy Marchione for a seat that included parts of the Albany suburbs and Hudson Valley.