Eric Adams was leading in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for New York City mayor, and one-time frontrunner Andrew Yang conceded after falling to fourth place, according to early election returns released Tuesday night based on in-person votes — but their order could shift due to the city’s new ranked-choice voting system, and final results won’t be released for several weeks.
With roughly 88% of scanners reporting as of 11:17 p.m., 30.64% of Democratic voters had ranked Adams as their first choice, followed by 21.57% for Maya Wiley and 20.61% for Kathryn Garcia, according to unofficial results released by the city.
Other candidates were trailing far behind: Scott Stringer was at 5.31%; Dianne Morales, 2.82%; Ray McGuire, 2.41%; and Shaun Donovan, 2.25%.
New York is using a ranked-choice voting system for the first time this year: Voters ranked up to five candidates on their ballots, and if none win 50% of the vote, the city will eliminate less popular candidates and reallocate their supporters’ votes to their next choices.
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It could take weeks for the winner to become clear, especially if the race remains tight. The city’s Board of Elections plans on calculating unofficial runoff results in one week, but tens of thousands of absentee ballots won’t be added until at least early July.
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa won the Republican primary for New York City mayor Tuesday, according to the Associated Press, beating business owner Fernando Mateo 68.92% to 26.94% in early results. The Democratic and Republican nominees will face off in the general election in November, but in deep-blue New York, the Democratic candidate will have a clear advantage.
In recent weeks, the crowded race to replace incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has turned into a clash of personalities. The three leading moderate candidates have squabbled with each other: Adams has criticized Yang and Garcia for campaigning jointly, and Adams has endured scrutiny over whether the Brooklyn borough president actually lives in the city. Meanwhile, more progressive candidates have also faced trouble: Stringer has two sexual harassment allegations against him, and Morales’s own campaign staffers have castigated her senior management team.