From the Morning Memo:

It was a little closer than polls predicted, but by the end of the night, incumbent Byron Brown, unofficially, had come away with a decisive 15 point victory in the Democratic primary for Buffalo mayor.

Given the city’s overwhelming Democratic voter enrollment edge, Brown is headed toward an all-but-certain victory in the November election, which will make him just the second mayor in Buffalo history to win a fourth four-year term.

Brown had 51 percent of the vote before absentee ballots were counted, while city Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder had 36 percent, and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant 13 percent.

It’s the fourth Democratic primary Brown has won during his political career. Before a large crowd at a pretty lavish party in front of City Hall, the mayor reflected on the victory.

“Tonight it’s clear our can-do spirit is still going strong,” he said. “We are a proud people, hopeful, positive and optimistic. We’ve come a long way in a short period of time.”

Schroeder, meanwhile, told his supporters they won despite his loss, because they made sure during the campaign that the mayor didn’t get a free pass.

“We know that Buffalonians are grateful for downtown development and waterfront development, but the people in the neighborhoods are muttering, ‘What about us?’ And we gave them a plan,” he said.

Grant, who gave up her seat on the Legislature by running for the mayor’s office, said she believes Brown also took on some of her issues during the campaign.

“Things that I talked about, he’s doing now,” she said. “We talked about streets not being paved for years. They’re being paved now. We talk about sidewalks not being repaired. They’re being repaired. We talk about commercial strip having vacant eyesore buildings. They’re being renovated.”

Brown was asked about the nearly half of voters who chose someone else over him, and insisted he represents everyone in Buffalo, regardless of who they supported in this primary.

“I say to every resident of the city of Buffalo that we want to reach out to them, that we want to work with them and when we work together, we are a much stronger community and that’s what we need to do going forward,” he said.

Although Brown will be the prohibitive favorite in November, he still has an election to get through. Among the candidates challenging him is Schroeder, who won the Reform Party primary.