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Visit the YNN election results page to find the results.

It's Primary Day in New York State, and YNN is following several key races in the region.

In Erie County, the polls opened at 6 a.m., while in other counties voting started at noon.

Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr says because of the magnitude of some of the races, people will get out and vote.

"In areas in which you have hotly contested races, where there's been great media attention, such as the Senate seat in which Grisanti currently holds, I believe the turnout is going to be very moderate to heavy throughout the course of the day," Mohr said.

The primaries normally would have been held on Tuesday, but because it was September 11th, they were moved.

Here are some of the races in the area:

60th State Senate District: Republicans

The most heated local race is between two Republicans in the 60th State Senate district.

Incumbent Mark Grisanti is a former Democrat running in the Senate's most Democratic district and is considered one of the most vulnerable Republican lawmakers running for re-election this year. He was one of four Republican senators to vote in favor of same sex marriage.

Grisanti says he's focused on creating jobs and getting the economy back on track.

His challenger is village of Kenmore resident Kevin Stocker. He's previously campaigned unsuccessfully for several offices, most recently the state assembly in 2010. Stocker says he's disappointed in Grisanti for breaking promises to voters.

60th State Senate District: Democrats

Three Democrats hope to take on the Republican winner in the 60th State Senate District.

Attorney and former Assembly candidate Michael Amodeo is endorsed by the Erie County Democratic Committee. He's seeking his first elected office and says he wants to pursue mandate relief for schools and municipalities. He also wants to look at term limits.

Al Coppola has held the seat before, winning a special election in 2000. He says he has name recognition and also 20 years of business experience.

Longtime Erie County Legislator Chuck Swanick has the endorsement of the Conservative party, but would also like to run on the Democratic line. Swanick says he wants to open the area and state to industry, partially by working on taxes.

63rd State Senate District: Democrats

Two Democrats with ties to the Erie County Legislature hope to get their party's nod in the newly-formed 63rd State Senate district.

Incumbent Senator Tim Kennedy ousted former senator Bill Stachowski back in 2010 and has represented the current 58th district since. He formerly represented the second district of the Erie County Legislature.

He faces Erie County Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant. Grant previously served on the Buffalo School Board and the Common Council.

The new 63rd district includes South Buffalo, the East Side, Cheektowaga and Lackawanna.

62nd State Senate District: Republicans

Niagara Falls is now a part of the 62nd State Senate district this year thanks to new lines.

Incumbent Republican George Maziarz is facing a challenge from Johnny Destino.

This one featured a switch in Republican endorsements. The Niagara County Republican Committee endorsed Maziarz in May but a few months later the Niagara Falls Republican Executive Committee decided to endorse Destino.

Destino ran for Niagara Falls mayor last year.

The winner of today's primary will face Democrat Amy Hope Witryol.

149th State Assembly District: Republicans

The 144th State Assembly district has been redistricted into the 149th, covering parts of Buffalo, Lackawanna and Hamburg. Three Democrats are going for the new seat.

Incumbent Sean Ryan says he fought the NFTA when it wanted to cut bus service in Erie and Niagara counties and convinced the state to monitor the air near the Peace Bridge.

Joe Mascia is the current commissioner of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. He is endorsed by assemblyman Mickey Kearns and local developer Carl Paladino.

And regionalism advocate Kevin Gaughan is also trying for the Democratic nod. He says his primary goals are to reduce the size of the legislature and to help grow Western New York.

147th State Assembly District: Republicans

It's a four way race for Republicans in the 147th State Assembly District covering Wyoming and part of Erie counties.

Those four are David Mariacher, David DiPietro, Daniel Humiston and Christopher Lane.

Salamanca Mayor: Democrats

As the Mayor of Salamanca wraps up his final term in office, two Democrats hope to replace him.

Former two term mayor Carmen Vecchiarella is squaring off with political newcomer Edd Dry in today's democratic primary.

Dry has the endorsement of current Mayor Jeffrey Pond, who has reached his term limit and can't run again. Dry says he wants to build on the status quo, while Vecchiarella wants to bring major change to the area.

Both candidates vow to develop a more effective working relationship with the Seneca Nation.

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