Primary Day In WNY

June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 8:18 AM EDT

By WKBW News

June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 8:18 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Local Republicans are urging their party members to get out and vote in Tuesday's primary.

The big race locally is for the 27th Congressional district, covering several Western New York counties.

Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, and Army Veteran David Bellavia are in a race to decide who will go up against Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in the fall.

This primary was brought on by a government mandate for federal elections. It is something that hasn't happened in close to 40 years.

Ralph Mohr, Republican Board of Elections Commissioner told Eyewitness News, "In New York State, the only elections that are contested are the ones that are on the Republican line."

"We have to do a number of multi-tasking jobs during this period of time. Normally we would be limited and start gearing up for the September primary," Mohr added.

Eyewitness News Political Analyst Bob Davis commented, "I don't think it's a great idea to have federal primaries in June, and a state primary in September. I think eventually what you'll see is all the primaries will be held in the month of June."

Voter turnout is expected to be low because June is not the usual time for a primary.

The winner of this race will face Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in the general election in November.