Recount to Begin in 60th Senate District Race

November 8, 2010 Updated Nov 8, 2010 at 9:02 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

November 8, 2010 Updated Nov 8, 2010 at 9:02 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The State Senate 60th District seat, which represents a large portion of Western New York, is still not filled as election officials begin to count votes Monday morning. There are still more than 2,000 absentee votes that have not been counted along with military votes. Those in the military have until November 23rd to submit their ballots.

Mark Grisanti is running as a Republican and Antoine Thompson is the Democrat in the race. As it stands now, Grisanti is in the lead by more than 600 votes.

A lot is at stake in this race.

It could determine the balance of power in the state senate. The 60th district is one of three tight races that have yet to be decided in New York. Grisanti is one of two Republicans who are holding a lead.
Currently, Republicans are leading in the senate holding 30 seats while Democrats hold only 29 seats.

Lawyers will be watching this process very closely because it is a key race that could determine control. Election officials said they don't expect a clear winner to be announced until Thanksgiving at the earliest.