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Utica Mayor Edward Hanna easily fought off a challenge by city Common Council President Michael Cerminaro in Tuesday's Republican mayoral primary election.

Hanna captured 71 percent of the vote, with 2,166 votes, while Cerminaro had 878 votes for 29 percent.

Tuesday's election results set Hanna up to ride the GOP and Independence Party lines into the Nov. 2 general election. Cerminaro will be on the Democratic and Conservative tickets.

"It's a great victory for the people and me," Hanna said of his victory Tuesday night.

The approximately 3,000 votes cast represented only a third of the 9,110 registered Republicans in the city as of July 20.

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