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India Walton. Photo: Lindsay DeDario / Reuters

Self-identified socialist India Walton has defeated four-term Democratic incumbent Byron Brown in Buffalo's mayoral primary, AP projected on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Walton's win is likely to precede a general election victory in a heavily Democratic city that hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1965. She would be Buffalo's first female and first Black female mayor, and the first socialist mayor of a major American city since 1960, per the New York Times.

  • Walton, a former nurse and activist, ran with the support of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Working Families Party.

Brown, who once led New York's Democratic Party, did not concede Tuesday night as the margin between him and Walton widened. It was about 7%, or about 1,500 votes, when AP called the race.

  • Brown did not vigorously campaign, per the Times, and opted against debating Walton.

What they're saying: "Tonight’s result proves that Buffalonians demand community-minded, people-focused government, and we’re ready to serve them," Walton said in a statement after she declared victory, per the Times.

  • “For too long, we’ve seen our city work for politicians, for developers, for the police union, but not for ordinary working families. In our city, everyone will have a seat at the table."

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Rep. Karen Bass launches run for Los Angeles mayor

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Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) on Monday launched her bid for mayor of Los Angeles.

Why it matters: Bass is a high-profile member of Congress. The former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, she was considered as a potential running mate to President Joe Biden and was a lead negotiator in the recently ended talks on police reform. Should Bass win the mayoral election, she would become the first female mayor in L.A. history.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

British national named in Colleyville synagogue standoff

A law enforcement vehicle sits near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Jan. 16. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

British national Malik Faisal Akram took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue outside Fort Worth on Saturday, the FBI said in a statement.

State of play: Authorities had initially declined to release the name of the 44-year-old suspect or identify the hostages, all adults, though police chief Michael Miller confirmed that one of those held was Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who leads the congregation.

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Omicron dashboard

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  1. Health: Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines — Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron — WHO recommends 2 new treatments — What "mild" really means when it comes to Omicron — Deaths are climbing as cases skyrocket.
  2. Vaccines: America's vaccination drive runs out of gas— Puerto Rico expands booster shot requirements— Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers.
  3. Politics: Vivek Murthy calls SCOTUS vaccine mandate block "a setback for public health" — Focus group says Biden weak on COVID response, strong on democracy
  4. Economy: America's labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic— — CDC COVID guidance for cruise ships to be optional starting Saturday — The cost of testing.
  5. States: West Virginia governor feeling "extremely unwell" after positive test — Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers — America struggles to keep schools open
  6. World: Beijing reports first local Omicron case weeks before Winter Olympics — Teachers in France stage mass walkout over COVID protocols.
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