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Buffalo Mayor Declares Victory Over Socialist Primary Winner With Wild Write-In Vote

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In a bitter upset for progressives, four-term incumbent Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown declared victory Tuesday night after apparently defeating his own party’s official nominee India Walton in an unprecedented write-in campaign.

Walton, a self-proclaimed socialist, had beat Brown in the Democratic primary this summer, which normally would have all but ensured her a victory in the general election.

But Brown, seeking a fifth term, did not go quietly. After failing to get his name on the ballot as an independent, he launched a write-in candidacy in an attempt to attract moderates and conservatives—complete with the slogan “Write Down Byron Brown.”

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