BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Democrat Marc Panepinto won the heated race for the 60th District New York State Senate seat. One thing that may have helped him was a divide among Republican voters.
Incumbent Mark Grisanti lost in the primary and ran as an Independent, while Kevin Stocker was the Republican nominee.
Grisanti said he still had hope about winning even though he lost his Republican nomination in the primaries. As a result he ran on the Independent line to pursue the seat.
Gristanti spoke to News 4 Tuesday night. He said he was pointing back to 2010 as a reason to stay hopeful as the votes came in. Four years ago, the race for the seat had been called for the incumbent Antoine Thompson. After a recount, in December of 2010, Grisanti was declared the winner.
With nearly all the votes accounted for, a repeat of 2010 appears to be unlikely. Grisanti said he ran a clean campaign compared to his competition.
Kevin Stocker, the man who beat Grisanti for the Republican nomination, received 30 percent of the vote. Grisanti, only 28 percent.
Even with the 60th district going from Republican to Democrat, Republicans in Albany are still celebrating. The GOP says it now has the majority in the state senate, with 32 of the 63 seats. Democrats still control the assembly.