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Five takeaways from the primaries

A few takeaways from Tuesday's primary elections:

Voters didn't show up: About one in four Democratic voters bothered to cast ballots in the mayoral primary. So if Byron W. Brown received a mandate on Tuesday, it came from only 13,346 residents of the City of Buffalo.

Slight majority: Brown surpassed the magic 50 percent mark in the primary, an impressive feat against two well known opponents. But it still means he was supported by just over half of the city's Democrats, and Schroeder beat poll predictions with 35 percent.

Democratic HQ muscle: April Baskin's victory in the Legislature's District 2 should be scored as a victory for Democratic Headquarters. Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner's operation worked hard for its endorsed candidate.

Next big battle is for county clerk:  The three countywide races on the November ballot for clerk, sheriff and comptroller are not expected to generate lots of interest let alone reverse the low turnout trend. But it is interesting to note that Michael P. Kearns, the Democrat running on the Republican line, won the Conservative, Independence and Reform party primaries. That provides an advantage for him in November as he faces Democrat Steve Cichon.

Hot Hamburg race: Could the contest for Hamburg supervisor top the interest list for November? After Democrat James M. Shaw won his primary, he now faces a rematch against Dennis C. Gaughan, another Democrat also backed by the Republicans.

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