The race is set for the 2nd Hampden-Hampshire state senate seat.
State Rep. Don Humason will face off against Holyoke City Councilor David Bartley.
Humason easily beat his Republican challenger Mike Franco, taking 87 percent of the vote.
The race was much closer on the Democratic side, with Bartley beating Easthampton Mayor Mike Tautznik with 52 percent of the vote.
Cheers could be heard in Holyoke as Bartley narrowly beat out his challenger.
He says he wants to be a fresh face on Beacon Hill.
"I'm going to want to bring my ideas, and the energy I have, and the passion I have for Western Mass. We want to talk about bringing local aid back from Boston, back to Western Mass where it belongs," Bartley said.
Bartley will face off against Humason for the 2nd Hampden-Hampshire state senate seat that was left vacant by long-time political veteran Mike Knapik, a Republican who held the seat for 18 years.
"I'll tell you, Rep. Humason is a formidable candidate, he's got 12 years in the state house," Bartley said.
Humason says he'll try to use that experience to win the hearts of voters.
"It's also good for the folks here in Western Mass who need someone who's got some experience in the legislature," Humason said.
He and his supporters gathered in Agawam to watch the numbers come in.
He says he wants to capitalize on the votes he's already made as a state rep. on Beacon Hill.
"Try to support the economy here in Western Mass, our public higher education system, our schools, our seniors, the things that I've done as a state rep. for the past 11 years," he said.
The election is only 28 days away and both candidates are hoping that more people turn out to the polls.
"Now we've just got to appeal to those people as well," Humason said.
"Its going to be four weeks of hard campaigning, I really credit my opponent and look forward to seeing everybody out on the campaign trail," Bartley said.
The 2nd Hampden Hampshire District includes Holyoke, Westfield, Agawam, Southwick, Granville, Montgomery, Russell, and Wards 7, 8A and 9A in Chicopee in Hampden County, as well as Easthampton and Southampton in Hampshire County.
The general election is set for Nov. 5.
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