Primary Election Day Gets Started

September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Some incumbents at the state level are facing some tough challenges on election day.

Thursday, September 13th is election day. Sean Ryan is being challenged by two other democrats ... Kevin Gaughan and Joseph Mascia. All three are running as Democrats for the New York State Assembly's 149th District.

Both Ryan and Gaughan voted earlier in the day. For the rest of the day, they're going to polling places, trying to sway any undecided voters.

Ryan says he worked with the State Assembly to pass a budget in New York on time -- a rarity in politics these days.

Gaughan says Albany needs outsiders and claims he's more in touch with Western New York.

Ryan says one of his focuses includes the Buffalo Billion and "being able to take that billion dollar of economic development promise, and turn it ito a plan that has high paying sustainable jobs."

Gaughan tells Eyewitness News "If I go to Albany, I'm going to try to reduce the size and cost of government so we can plow more money back into Buffalo and start growing again."

Another primary race is between Republicans Mark Grisanti and Kevin Stocker. Both are running for the New York Senate's 60th District.

Grisanti is the incumbent in that race.

Grisanti was a key vote in passing gay marriage in New York.

Even though it's already a law, Stocker is still campaigning on bringing that issue to the ballot.

Democrats Michael Amodeo, Alfred Coppola and Charles Swanick are running in a Democratic primary for the 60th district.

Polls close at nine at night.

Stay with Eyewitness News throughout the day for election coverage.