AOC-backed socialist candidate for mayor India Walton lost to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown who won reelection through a unique write-in campaign to remain mayor.
— Harry Scull Jr (@hsjrphoto) November 3, 2021
After losing the Democratic primary to Walton, it seemed certain she would win the race. However, he soon returned with a new campaign slogan: “Write Down Byron Brown.”
Socialist candidate India Walton officially conceded the day after the race.
“Tens of thousands of write-in and absentee ballots have yet to be tabulated, and we believe that democracy requires that every vote be counted, and that any improprieties that occurred be brought to light,” Walton said.
“However, while we anticipate that the margins will narrow, it seems unlikely that we will end up with enough votes to inaugurate a Walton administration in January,” she added.
My statement on last night’s election results, threaded below for accessibility. pic.twitter.com/4FNeBxHSkE
— India Walton For Buffalo (@Indiawaltonbflo) November 3, 2021
Brown Scores a Unique Victory
Due to the write-in ballot campaign, ballots had to be hand counted. The unofficial results show more than 58 percent supporting Brown.
Brown’s victory, by more than 10,000 votes, may be a first for a write-in campaign. He considered it a major comeback story in his bid for reelection.
“The people chose four more years of the Brown administration,” Brown told supporters Tuesday night, the Buffalo News reported. “The people chose one of the greatest comeback stories in our history.”
AOC’s pick won the primary, but couldn’t overcome the socialist label associated with her views.
The race revealed the strong divisions among those within the Democratic Party. The left may be progressive, but the majority is not yet to the point of embracing socialism in Buffalo.