Grisanti Close to Victory in 60th Senate Race

November 22, 2010 Updated Nov 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM EDT

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Grisanti Close to Victory in 60th Senate Race

November 22, 2010 Updated Nov 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Board of Elections officials are continuing to count absentee votes in the race for New York's 60th Senate District seat.

Currently, officials say Republican challenger Mark Grisanti is ahead by about 961 votes over Democratic incumbent Antoine Thompson. Board officials say Thompson would have to carry about 95-percent of the remaining votes in order to win.

Volunteers continued counting ballots up until 5:00 p.m. Monday night, and officials expect that a winner will be declared soon.