Opinion | How Did a Socialist Triumph in Buffalo?

India Walton, who surprised political handicappers with her victory in Buffalo’s Democratic mayoral primary.Credit…Luke Copping

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By Michelle Goldberg

Opinion Columnist

On Tuesday night, just after the polls closed, The Buffalo News ran an update about the city’s Democratic mayoral primary, which pit the four-term incumbent mayor, Byron Brown, against a socialist challenger, India Walton. “Those handicapping the race are not betting whether Brown will win, but by how much,” the paper said. “Will a 10-point landslide suffice? Or could he post a larger tally?”

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