Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown declares re-election victory after write-in campaign

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Community activistic India Walton looks connected arsenic she campaigns to regenerate four-term Mayor Byron Brown, successful Buffalo, New York, U.S., December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsay DeDario/Files

Nov 2 (Reuters) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, a Democrat who mounted a uncommon write-in run aft losing his party's information to a socialist campaigner successful a shocking upset earlier this year, declared his re-election triumph connected Tuesday but his hostile India Walton refused to concede.

Brown declared victory, claiming a 5th four-year term, and thanked his supporters aft section media reported Walton had won 41% of the ballot portion 59% of the votes were for "write-in."

The write-in votes, however, volition inactive request to beryllium checked to corroborate that Brown's sanction has been indicated.

"At the precise beginning, they said we couldn't win, it was intolerable to triumph arsenic a write-in. But you can't ever number a Buffalonian out," Brown said to applause from his supporters.

Walton, however, was not acceptable to concede.

"This is decidedly not a concession speech," section TV presumption WIVB quoted Walton arsenic saying, adding that she said it was inactive unclear who the "write-ins" were.

Asked by WIVB if helium thought the fig of write-in votes for Brown was greater than the fig of votes for Walton, Brown answered: "That is correct."

Walton, a antiauthoritarian socialist, assemblage activistic and nurse, made nationalist headlines erstwhile she won the Democratic superior successful June implicit Brown, who has served arsenic the archetypal African-American politician of New York state's second-largest metropolis since 2005.

But with nary Republican connected the ballot, Brown, 63, campaigned arsenic a mean alternate to the 39-year-old Walton, urging voters to constitute his sanction connected their ballots.

Reporting by Joseph Ax and Chris Gallagher; Editing by Peter Cooney, Tim Ahmann and Kim Coghill

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