From New York and New Jersey to Virginia, Minneapolis, and Seattle, leftist politicians and ideas took a beating on election night.
But one of the most astounding outcomes came in Buffalo.
A day before the election, CNN declared, “Buffalo is on the verge of electing the first socialist mayor of a major U.S. city since 1960.”
The network was referring to India Walton, a self-proclaimed socialist.
Walton promoted defunding the cops, while massively funding welfare and raising taxes, and also advocated the Democrats’ divisive racial politics. She was endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
CNN’s optimism was understandable. Walton surprisingly won the Democratic primary over the summer, defeating incumbent Mayor Byron Brown, who became Buffalo’s first black mayor in 2005.
In addition, although four candidates filed to run, Walton was the only one whose name was on the ballot.
And yet, she lost.
Brown stayed in the race as a write-in candidate. The “write-in” category, which also included two lesser-known candidates, ended up capturing 59 percent of the vote on Tuesday.
Walton did not immediately concede, saying she would await the final vote tally of both write-ins and absentees.
But she also acknowledged in a statement that “it seems unlikely that we will end up with enough votes to inaugurate a Walton administration in January,” according to The Hill.
Brown, whose candidacy was bolstered by the Republican Party, noted in claiming victory, “I think it clearly is a rebuke of defund the police, it is a rebuke of socialism, and I think there were those from outside the city of Buffalo that underestimated the Buffalo community. They tried to come in and tell us who to vote for, and the people fought back, and we won,” he told CNN Thursday.
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