Eric Adams is set to become the next mayor of New York after a number of absentee ballots were released Tuesday night that showed him to maintain a slim advantage over his challengers in the Democratic party primaries.
According to the last election council count, Adams, the Bronx district president and retired police captain, had a 50.5% to 49.5% lead over Kathryn Garcia, former head of the department of health. They were separated by 8,426 votes, with only about 3,700 pending. Maya Wiley, the main progressive candidate, was third.
In a statement, Adams said: “While there are still a very small amount of votes to count, the results are clear: a historic, diverse, five-borough coalition led by working-class New Yorkers has led us to the victory in the Democratic Primary for the mayor of New York ”.
The results are unofficial and may even be challenged, but the Associated Press called the primary for Adams Tuesday night. Several campaigns have threatened legal action after one extraordinary mistake from the council he led to a wrong account a week ago and disrupted the city’s first-place election.
The council blamed that mistake, in which 135,000 “test” ballots were included in its account, for human error and begged for forgiveness.
Adams, who would be the city’s second black mayor after David Dinkins, ran as a moderate capable only of using the police to tackle armed violence and hate crime while reforming the department. Both he and Garcia, who have shown a delay in support, have rejected progressive calls to “defund” police.
Given New York’s staggering number of Democratic voters, the winner of the party’s primaries is widely expected to prevail in the November general election.
Under the classified voting system, voters were allowed to select up to five candidates to vote in order of preference. The losing candidates will be eliminated and their votes will be reallocated successively until only two challengers remain.
Adams it came first after the initial poll, but its lead dropped to just 15,908 votes after the results of the classification process were announced last week. When they were corrected a day later, his gap with Garcia was only 14,755 ballots, with about 124,000 ballots absent to count.