Voters to head to polls on Primary Day

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tuesday is a big day for the 2014 election season. Voters will go to the polls for primaries.


One of the most closely watched races is the battle for governor and lieutenant governor. Incumbent Andrew Cuomo is teaming up with Kathy Hochul to go up against Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu.

Voter turnout could make all the difference in the race. Kathy Hochul has always had a strong support in western New York, but Tim Wu, a Columbia Law School professor, is gaining momentum downstate.

News 4 Political Analyst and former Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan said, “Of course we’re concerned because 80 percent of the vote is going to come from downstate where she’s not that well known, but I think enough has been done over the past seven, eight, nine, 10 days to turn this thing around, even if there was a serious problem.”

Governor Cuomo hosted a get out the vote rally for Hochul Monday night in Orchard Park.

There are other battles happening Tuesday in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Incumbent Tim Kennedy is going up against Betty Jean Grant in the Democratic primary for the 63rd State Senate District.

Incumbent Mark Grisanti will try to defend his seat against challenger Kevin Stocker in the Republican primary for the 60th State Senate District.

North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt will go against Gia Arnold in the 62nd State Senate District primary. This is the seat George Maziarz held for many years before announcing earlier this year he won’t run for re-election.

Arnold briefly suspended her campaign last month, after she revealed she was having an affair. She later decided to stay on the ballot.

If you have problems at the polls, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office has a hotline for voters. The phone number is 1-800-771-7755. 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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