Mark Grisanti Re-Elected to State Senate

November 7, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Rachel Elzufon

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November 7, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Despite facing controversy about a gay marriage vote and opponents from two political parties, 60th District State Senator Mark Grisanti held onto his seat.

With every precinct reporting, Mark Grisanti (R) won with 50 percent of the vote. Mike Amodeo (D) won 36% of the vote and Chuck Swanick (C) won 11 percent.

Grisanti was an early win for Republicans. He was the second GOP winner called in Western New York Tuesday night.

As supporters of Mark Grisanti gathered at Soho and the Avant Hotel, they closely watched to see if he would stay on as State Senator for New York's 60th District.

In the end, he did.

However, it was a brutal campaign. Republican Grisanti was attacked by conservatives for a same-sex marriage vote.

Grisanti told Eyewitness News "That was two years ago. We need to move on. This was not about Democrat versus Republican like so many seats in New York. This is about Western New York versus Downstate."

Now Grisanti says he is looking towards the future, focusing on a plan to expand the University at Buffalo, bring jobs to the area and improve the Waterfront.

He says bipartisanship and a strong relationship with Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is the key to success in Albany.

Meanwhile, it was a tough loss for political newcomer Mike Amodeo, who ran without an endorsement from Cuomo.

Amodeo told supporters "Life has many challenges that will test a person's character. And it's how you respond to those challenges that decides the type of person that you are."

For Democrats, Tuesday was a victorious night on the national level.

For Republicans, it was a night to celebrate locally.