(CNN)India Walton, a self-professed socialist and political newcomer, will defeat four-term incumbent Byron Brown in the Democratic primary for mayor of Buffalo, New York, CNN projected Wednesday.
Walton, who’s likely to become Buffalo’s first female mayor, is a nurse and community organizer. She’s been endorsed by organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America and the progressive Working Families Party.
When CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked Walton earlier Wednesday if she was surprised about the outcome so far, she said, “Not really.”
“We set out about a year ago to do exactly what we did,” Walton said on CNN’s “New Day.” “We knew that this race was going to require help from outside of our local geographic area, we knew that we needed to garner national attention to challenge a 16-year heavily entrenched incumbent, and the people spoke.”
Asked how she plans to implement socialism in Buffalo, Wal
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