From the Morning Memo:

Early unofficial numbers indicated incumbent Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren held more than 60 percent of the vote in last night’s Democratic primary.

Warren’s challengers, former Police Chief James Sheppard and former TV news reporter Rachel Barnhart, stood at 21 and 15 percent, respectively.

During her victory speech, which came relatively early in the evening, the mayor said the win is a sign of better things to come.

“I want a party that is strong and successful and I am committed to working to make that happen,” Warren said. “I am convinced with our overwhelming victory tonight, the majority of Rochester Democrats are ready to move forward, and we must do this together.”

Sheppard holds two minor party lines, but said the primary was basically the end of the road for him.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of just going through the process to be going through the process,” he said. “I entered this race, I entered this campaign to win and I entered this campaign to win in the primary.”

“I do appreciate the support I’ve received from the Independence Party and the Working Families Party, but I also think it’s important to know when to let go and move on.”

Barnhart said she recognized going into the primary that it would be a struggle to compete against opponents with more money, but she was pleased to have run what she called a “legitimate” campaign.

“It was very clear to me going into the final weekend that a lot of voters were incredibly undecided and resistant to change,” Barnhart said. “A three-way race is very hard. I was the underfunded candidate, I was always the candidate who was going to have an uphill battle. And I think we proved that we were a legitimate candidacy.”