Brooklyn District President Eric Adams, a former police captain who put public safety at the center of his campaign for New York City mayor, led a field of 13 Democratic primary candidates. on Tuesday, though the result is unlikely to be known for weeks.
With 90 percent of face-to-face votes counted, Adams had been chosen as the best option in 31 percent of the polls. But with at least 87,000 absentee ballots yet to be processed and with a new classified election voting system, no final results are expected until mid-July at the latest.
Speaking to sympathetic supporters, Adams acknowledged that he had not yet won and that, under the new system, there were still several rounds of voting left.
“We know there will be two, three and four,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. We know New York City said, “Our first choice is Eric Adams.”
To everyone who supported us, he volunteered for us, organized for us, and encouraged his heart and soul in this race: Thank you, thank you, for being a part of this movement.
We have run a campaign of which we can be immensely proud; now, let’s celebrate! pic.twitter.com/iG3ZvE6Nw3
– Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc) June 23, 2021
The classified election system, approved to use the 2019 referendum in New York City’s primary and special elections, allowed voters to classify up to five candidates in their vote.
The race seemed to have been reduced to three candidates, all fighting for the opportunity to lead the country’s most populous city in its arduous recovery from Coronavirus pandemic. Maya Wiley, a former MSNBC analyst and civil rights lawyer who became the leading Liberal candidate, came in second with 22%. Kathryn Garcia, a former sanitation chief who campaigned as an experienced technocrat, had 20%.
A still hoarse Wiley acknowledged the uncertainty of the race in a later speech. “What we’re celebrating today is that we have a path,” he said.
Garcia told his fans, “I know we won’t know much more tonight, so I want to thank everyone who is here and everyone who has been a part of this journey.”
The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic contest to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, a limited term, will be an overwhelming favorite in the November general election, given the city’s democratic trend.
In the Republican primary, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa defeated businessman Fernando Mateo. Voting by qualified election was not a factor because there were only two candidates in the race.
Tuesday’s Democratic results were enough to force a concession from businessman and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who was in a distant fourth place.
Several race candidates have the potential to make history if elected. The city could get its first mayor, or its second black mayor, depending on who came out of it.
Voters were also choosing from eight Democratic candidates, including Iranian-American Tali Farhadian Weinstein and Palestinian-American Tahanie Aboushi, who sought to replace Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
A winner has yet to be called, as state prosecutor Alvin Bragg maintains a slight lead over former federal prosecutor Farhadian Weinstein, with thousands of votes to count. Aboushi came in third with 11% of the vote.
The candidate, who will be guaranteed to win the November general election, would inherit Vance’s criminal investigation in the business empire of former President Donald Trump.
Rising crime is a key issue
New York City’s next mayor will face profound challenges, such as wealth inequality, police accountability, lack of affordable housing, and the troubled tourism industry.
But worry about one increased features during the pandemic it has dominated the mayoral campaign in recent months, even as candidates have struggled with the demands of the left for more police reform.
As a former officer, but who spent his career fighting racism within the department, Adams may have benefited more from the police debate.
He denounced the “defund the police”It was proposed to restore a disbanded civilian unit to focus on taking illegal weapons to the streets.
The main moderate candidates – Adams, Garcia and Yang – called for an increase in police resources.
Wiley, on the other hand, proposed cutting $ 1 billion from the nearly $ 6 billion New York City police budget, redirecting funding to other services, such as mental health counseling.
The outcome of the election could help demonstrate the position of Democratic voters on the crime issue ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
The main contest is the first mayoral campaign in the city to use the classified election vote, in which voters can rank up to five candidates in order of preference.
In addition to Adams, Garcia, Wiley, and Yang, there were other Democratic contest candidates Scott Stringer, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, and the nonprofit executive, Dianne Morales.
Tuesday’s results reflected only the best options for voters who voted in person.
Voting is then tabulated in computerized rounds, eliminating the person who ranks last in each round, and the ballots for that person are redistributed to the surviving candidates based on the voter classification. This process continues until there are only two candidates left. Win the one with the most votes.
It will not be until June 29 that the Electoral Board will make a calculation of these votes using the new system. It will not include any absentee voting in its analysis until July 6, which will make the earlier count potentially unreliable.
Among the votes counted on election night, Adams followed Garcia and Wiley when voters included their second, third, and fourth option in the ranking voting system.