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New York City Mayor’s Race: Candidates react after Eric Adams’ projected win over Kathryn Garcia

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — The leading candidates for mayor in New York City’s Democratic primary have issued statements this morning after Brooklyn Borough Eric Adams emerged victorious by a slim margin.

With most absentee votes included, Adams leads with 403,333 (50.5%) votes over Kathryn Garcia’s 394,907 (49.5%), according to the Board of Elections’ tally.

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“While there are still some very small amounts of votes to be counted, the results are clear: an historic, diverse, five-borough coalition led by working-class New Yorkers has led us to victory in the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City,” Adams said in a statement Wednesday morning.

“Today, we have nearly final results for Democratic primary for mayor. We are currently seeking additional clarity on the number of outstanding ballots and are committed to supporting the Democratic nominee,” Garcia said through spokesperson Lindsey Green.

“We now have an initial and uncertified counting of absentee ballots and tabulation of Rank Choice Voting. It would be an understatement to express dismay at the BOE’s administration of this election. And that has made today’s brunch at dinnertime, a long and drawn-out day for New Yorkers,” said Maya Wiley, who placed third in the race.

All three candidates are expected to make public appearances today: Adams at the city’s Salute to the Hometown Heroes ticker tape parade; Garcia at the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument in Central Park; and Wiley outside the Lucerne Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

The new count released on Tuesday evening includes thousands of absentee ballots.

The margin was enough for the Associated Press to project Adams as the winner and for the Brooklyn Borough President declare himself the winner.

“While there are still some very small amounts of votes to be counted, the results are clear: an historic, diverse, five-borough coalition led by working-class New Yorkers has led us to victory in the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City,” Adams said.

It’s the first mayoral contest in the city determined by ranked choice voting.
Maya Wiley, who stood in second place after primary night two weeks ago, fell to third place after the first ranked choice results. She remained there are the absentees were added.

The results are still not final. Some ballots are still unaccounted. It’s also possible legal challenges could follow in a race so tight.

Voting in the primary ended June 22. Early returns showed Adams in the lead, but New Yorkers had to wait for tens of thousands of absentee ballots to be counted and for rounds of tabulations done under the new ranked choice system.

Under the system, voters ranked up to five candidates for mayor in order of preference. Candidates with too few votes to win were eliminated and ballots cast for them redistributed to the surviving contenders, based on the voter preference, until only two were left.

The city’s first experience with the system in a major election was bumpy. As votes were being tallied on June 29, elections officials bungled the count by inadvertently including 135,000 old test ballots. Erroneous vote tallies were posted for several hours before officials acknowledged the error and took them down.

The mistake had no impact on the final outcome of the race.

Adams, the presumptive winner, will face Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa in the November General Election.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, was barred by the city charter from seeking a third term.

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