(WWLP) – Senator Lesser is vacating the Massachusetts Senate seat to run for Lt. Governor.

Ludlow State Representative Jake Oliveira leads the trail Tuesday night in the polls. Both opponents made strides on the campaign trail the last few months, many voters excited to see who would take the lead. Oliveira was greeted with an outpouring of community support and love in his hometown of Ludlow Tuesday night surrounded by friends and family. 

“I’m going to be reaching out to voters just the way I reached out to them during this campaign, by meeting them on their doorsteps, by making phone calls with them and enticing they have a State Senator they can rely on and I also want to build on the legacy of State Senator Eric Lesser. He’s done an amazing job representing the communities,” said Oliveira.

Oliveria says he hopes to bring the issues of all voters to the table including issues surrounding mental health, tax relief, and the East West Rail.

The Senate seat represents the Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester District which consists of 12 communities including all of Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Granby Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, South Hadley, Palmer, Warren, and Wilbraham, as well as portions of Chicopee and Springfield.

The winner of the primary will face Granby businessman Bill Johnson, who is currently un-opposed in the Republican primary in November.

22News is covering the election results and will update as soon as the polls close and the results become available.