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Ben Walsh elected mayor of Syracuse

Tom Magnarelli
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Ben Walsh thanks supporters at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Tuesday night, after being elected the next mayor of Syracuse

Independent candidate Ben Walsh was elected mayor of Syracuse Tuesday, becoming the first mayor not affiliated with a major party in 100 years. 

Walsh defeated Democrat Juanita Perez Williams by nearly 4,000 votes. The 15 point victory was much larger than recent polls suggested. A poll from Siena College, Spectrum News and Syracuse.com released last weekend showed Walsh leading Perez Williams by just 2 points. 

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins finished third with just over four percent of the vote. Republican candidate Laura Lavine came in with just 2.5 percent. 

We'll have more coverage of this race and others from around the region Wednesday morning during Morning Edition.