WBFO - June 23, 2021

India Walton, a political newcomer and self-described socialist, appeared to claim an upset victory over longtime Buffalo mayor Byron Brown in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, setting her up to become the city’s first female mayor and the nation’s first socialist mayor in six decades.

Walton has secured 52% of in-person votes, compared to Brown’s 45% in the unofficial election night tally from the Erie County Board of Elections. Walton’s lead of approximately 1,500 votes is about equal to the number of absentee ballots left to be counted, making it highly unlikely Brown could mount a comeback. However, Brown refused to concede until all absentee ballots were counted.

The Democratic primary essentially decides the city’s mayor’s race, as Republicans will not field a candidate this November. ...
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