Sen. Grisanti defeated by Stocker in GOP primary

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Mark Grisanti has been defeated by attorney Kevin Stocker in the Republican primary in western New York’s competitive 60th Senate District.

Stocker had attacked Grisanti’s support for stricter gun controls pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and for his key 2011 vote as one of four Republicans who favored legalizing same-sex marriage in New York. Grisanti was the only one of the four who voted for gay marriage still in office after surviving a primary challenge from Stocker in 2012 and defeating Democratic and Conservative party opponents in the general election.

Former Sen. Alfred Coppola and attorney Marc Panepinto were competing in the Democratic primary. Panepinto also has the Working Families Party line, attorney Timothy Gallagher is on the Conservative line and Grisanti is on the Independence Party line. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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