How a socialist won the Buffalo mayoral primary

Published June 30, 2021


Vox quoted Jacob Neiheisel in a story on India Walton's win and the Buffalo mayoral primary. Vox reported that Neiheisel was more reluctant to assign broader takeaways from Walton’s race given that it had a lot of unique circumstances — including low turnout and an incumbent who did not campaign — though he did credit the genuine grassroots organizing Walton’s campaign did as a replicable strategy. “There’s no magic formula that [Walton] suddenly tapped into,” Neiheisel said. “It’s politics as usual. You get people to the polls and have people more excited about you than the other person.”


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