Race still within hundreds of votes

Kennedy Claims Victory in State Senate Primary

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM EDT

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Kennedy Claims Victory in State Senate Primary

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) The night was a rollercoaster for both incumbent Tim Kennedy and challenger Betty Jean Grant in the primary race for the 63rd Senate seat.

But after hours of back and forth, percentage points given and lost, and margins as small as 13 votes, Kennedy pulled ahead late 51% to 49%, 291 votes ahead of Grant as the final district reported in.

Kennedy's base for the night, Statler City, erupted with cheers and the Senator arrived claiming "victory for all the hard working people who voted for me."

Challenger Betty Jean Grant is likely to ask for a recount.