Battle for the 60th State Senate Seat

November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 9:04 PM EDT

By WKBW News

November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 9:04 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - This race is being watched extremely close by politicans and political analysts because whoever wins will decide the Senate majority.

Incumbent Republican Mark Grisanti is hoping to secure another term tonight and believes his leadership on UB 2020 and other measures have moved the region forward.

While his opponents, Democrat Michael Amodeo and Chuck Swanick, who is on the conservative line, disagrees.

Swanick critizes Grisanti's stance on gay marriage and his support for the measure in Albany, while Amodeo questions Grisanti's leadership while in office.

Despite the critizism from his challengers, Grisanti is still leading in polls

"this is not so much about Democrat vs. Republican in this particular scene in WNY. This is about WNY vs. Downstate and we can't go back to 2009/2010 when downstate controlled the senate or else here in Western New York it would be a disaster for us," said Grisanti.

"I feel Mark Grisanti failed us on this issue. He did in fact campaign in 2010 that he was against gay marriage. He was against gay marriage until June, 2011 and within ten days he switched his vote. I do not believe in gay marriage and I believe a marriage between a man and a woman is appropriate," said Swanick.

"My opponent is going to tout the cap on property taxes. That's 50 percent of the problem. The other 50 percent is mandate relief. That's where the tough leadership is going to come from. And that's where you're going to need someone who's actually going to make the tough decisions," said Amodeo.

All candidates say they will be traveling throughout the district talking with voters at various polling places until they close to help and secure as much votes as possible.

In Albany right now, Republicans hold the state senate majority - -but again voters will decide not only the leadership of this district - -but of the senate majority with tonight's vote.

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