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Andrew Yang bows out of NYC Democratic mayoral primary while Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams takes early lead in first citywide ranked-choice primary

 Andrew Yang - once considered a favorite to win New York City's mayoral primary - conceded less than two hours after the polls closed Tuesday night. 

'You all know I am a numbers guy, I'm someone who traffics in what's happening by the numbers,' Yang told supporters in Manhattan. 'And I am not going to be the next mayor of New York City based upon the numbers that have come in. Tonight, I am conceding this race.' 

As of 1am, he had just over 90,000 votes, well shy of the leader - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who has 247,062 votes, which accounts for 31.6 percent of the votes. 

Maya Wiley has 174,524 votes, accounting for 22.3 percent, and Kathryn Garcia has 154,420 votes, accounting for 19.7 percent. 

While Adams holds the lead now, it could be weeks before it becomes clear who is actually on top in the first citywide election to use ranked choice voting, which gives voters the option of ranking candidates instead of choosing just one. 

Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams speaks at his primary election night party Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in New York

Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams speaks at his primary election night party Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in New York

Andrew Yang conceded within two hours of the polls closing

Democratic mayoral candidate Maya Wiley, left, greets a voter during a campaign stop near a polling place in the West Village neighborhood of New York, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Democratic mayoral candidate Maya Wiley, left, greets a voter during a campaign stop near a polling place in the West Village neighborhood of New York, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Democrat mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia talks with the media on New York's Upper West Side, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Democrat mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia talks with the media on New York's Upper West Side, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

As ballot counting began Tuesday, a many Democrats ranked Adams as their first choice in the race, but it's tough to tell whether that lead would hold. 

As many as 207,500 absentee ballots remained to be counted, and voters' full rankings of the candidates have yet to be taken into account. It could be July before a winner emerges.

As it stands now at just after 1am Wednesday and 83 percent of the votes reported, Adams, a former police captain who co-founded a leadership group for black officers, was leading former city sanitation commissioner Garcia and former Bill de Blasio administration lawyer Wiley.

Speaking to jubilant supporters, Adams acknowledged that he hadn't won yet, and that under the ranked choice system there were multiple rounds of ballot counting still to go.

'We know that there´s going to be twos and threes and fours,' he said. 'But there's something else we know. We know that New York City said, "Our first choice is Eric Adams."'

Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams speaks at his election party Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in New York. Adams was leading in the polls with most districts reporting

Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams speaks at his election party Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in New York. Adams was leading in the polls with most districts reporting

Former presidential candidate Yang, who was far behind in early returns, vowed to work with the next mayor during his concession speech. 

In the Republican primary, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa defeated businessman Fernando Mateo. Ranked choice voting wasn't a factor because there were only two candidates in the race.

Several candidates in the race to succeed de Blasio have the potential to make history if elected. The city could get its first female mayor, or its second black mayor, depending on who comes out on top.

That's not expected to be known until early July because of the rank choice voting, which was approved for use in New York City primaries and special elections by referendum in 2019, and absentee ballots.

Vote tabulation is then done in computerized rounds, with the person in last place getting eliminated each round, and ballots cast for that person getting redistributed to the surviving candidates based on voter rankings. 

That process continues until only two candidates are left. The one with the most votes wins.

It won't be until June 29 that the Board of Elections performs a tally of those votes using the new system.

Absentee ballots aren't included in its analysis until July 6, making any count before then potentially unreliable.

Republican candidate for New York mayor Curtis Sliwa, left, shakes hands with Democrat mayoral candidate Scott Stringer, in New York, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Republican candidate for New York mayor Curtis Sliwa, left, shakes hands with Democrat mayoral candidate Scott Stringer, in New York, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

A voter receives her ballot at Frank McCourt High School, in New York, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

A voter receives her ballot at Frank McCourt High School, in New York, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Among the votes counted on election night, Adams trailed both Garcia and Wiley when voters listed their second, third and fourth choices in the ranked choice voting system.

Besides Adams, Garcia, Wiley and Yang, other contenders in the Democratic contest included City Comptroller Scott Stringer, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire and nonprofit executive Dianne Morales.

Stringer, McGuire and Morales addressed supporters after polls closed as early returns showed them trailing the front-runners but did not immediately concede.

De Blasio, a Democrat, leaves office at the end of the year due to term limits.

The candidates traveled around the city Tuesday doing a last round of campaigning.

Wiley was losing her voice greeting voters near her polling place in Brooklyn. Garcia campaigned up in the Bronx, while Sliwa and Stringer bumped into each other campaigning in Manhattan.

Yang rode the subways to meet voters.

'If you want your city to work for us and our families, you have got to get out and vote,' he said after voting in Manhattan.

Concern over a rise in shootings during the pandemic has dominated the mayoral campaign in recent months, even as the candidates have wrestled with demands from the left for more police reform.

Voters mark their ballots at Frank McCourt High School, in New York, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Voters mark their ballots at Frank McCourt High School, in New York, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

As a former officer, but one who spent his career fighting racism within the department, Adams may have benefited most from the policing debate.

He denounced the 'defund the police' slogan and proposed reinstating a disbanded plainclothes unit to focus on getting illegal guns off the streets.

Wiley and Stringer, battling for progressive votes, both said they would reallocate a portion of the police department's budget to other city programs.

Yang and Garcia formed an alliance in the campaign's last days in an apparent effort to use the ranked voting system to block Adams. 

The two held several joint campaign events, with Yang asking his supporters to rank Garcia as their No. 2 - though Garcia did not quite return the favor, not telling her voters where to rank Yang. Adams accused his two rivals of purposely trying to block a black candidate.

Sliwa does not have much of a chance to win the November general election in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 7 to 1.

Former allies, the two Republicans Sliwa and Mateo traded personal insults and tried to shout over each other during one debate on Zoom.

Sliwa, a radio host who still wears his red Guardian Angels beret when he appears in public, got an endorsement from former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who called him 'my great friend' in a robocall to Republican voters.

Flanked by Giuliani at his victory party, Sliwa promised a general election campaign focused on crime. 

'This is going to be a campaign clearly in which I talk about cracking down on crime, supporting the police, refunding our heroes the police, hiring more police, taking the handcuffs off the police and putting it on the criminals, and restoring qualified immunity to the police so that they can´t be personally sued,' he said.

1 comment:

  1. Curtis Silwa would be a good Mayor for NYC. He had his Guardian Angels force since the 1970's..... And he never had any kind of scandal that I know of where he took millions and stuffed it up his arse like the Jew and his niiiggger wife now in office.

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