It may be coincidence, as elections are determined by many factors, but in incumbent- friendly Albany,three of the four GOP senators who voted for same sex marriage last year are headed out of office.
Only one, Senator Mark Grisanti from the Buffalo area got reelected.
While attitudes on SSM are changing, most pols are not looking to have to take a stand on what is a 50/50 issue. Usually they can stay inside the safety of the caucus where the leaders do all the talking and take the heat.
This was one of those issues you couldn't do that on.
As for Senator Grisanti, he took voters minds off SSM when he got involved in that brawl inside and Indian casino a year or so ago.
In Final Tally, Vote for Gay Marriage Costs 3 Republicans - NYTimes.com