It turns out Tim Kennedy’s primary win in the 63rd Senate District on Thursday was bigger than originally thought.
Kennedy, who is seeking his fifth term, now heads into November unopposed.
The Buffalo News reported that the general election will see Kennedy face off against challenger Thomas A. Gaglione, who was listed as the Republican candidate on the Erie County Board of Elections website.
GOP officials, however, confirmed Friday that Gaglione is no longer on the November ballot.
“A petition was filed, but he didn’t have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot,” said Ralph M. Mohr, Erie County Republican elections commissioner.
That means Kennedy’s path to another term in the State Senate is clear, after routing Democratic challenger Shaqurah G. Zachery in the primary.
The 41-year-old Democrat from South Buffalo was first elected in 2010, and Kennedy’s win in the primary on Thursday solidifies his hold on the 63rd Senate District, which includes much of Buffalo and several areas east and south of the city.
The district is heavily Democratic and a challenge from Republicans would have been an uphill battle.
Kennedy said he was focused on doing what he could to help the Democrats take away control of the State Senate from the Republicans.