Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams declared himself New York City’s “first choice” as results came in Tuesday night, but final ranked-choice voting counts will not be counted until next Tuesday, June 29th, the final results may not be available until July.
What we do know and can report now is, Eric Adams is leading. Andrew Yang has conceded. Former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia vowed that the winner will come down the “twos and threes” in ranked-choice voting. Former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio and head of the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board in 2016 and ’17, Maya Wiley – who is just nine points behind Adams – assured her supporters “every single vote will count.” NYC could be on its way to elect its second African-American Mayor if either Adams or Wiley – the top two first-choice vote getters – are victorious when the dust settles.
The votes released on Tuesday night were just the first-choice votes for ballots cast in-person during early voting and on primary day. There are no absentee ballots factored into the results yet because ballots can arrive through the mail until June 29, although they had to be postmarked by Tuesday.
Adams led the basketball team worth of mayoral candidates with about 31% of the votes tallied by 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, which accounted for about 92% of the city’s election scanners. He was confident about his prospects at a rally with supporters on Tuesday night, but urged patience in waiting for the results,
“We know that this is going to be layers. This is the first early voting count,” Adams said in what came dangerously close to an acceptance speech. He later added, “But there’s something else we know that New York City said, ‘Our first choice is Eric Adams.’”
New York City’s primary on Tuesday won’t just determine who leads the country’s largest city through multiple challenges, including recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and battling an increase in gun violence, it will also pose NYC’s first real high-profile test for the ranked-choice voting system. The Democratic primary winner will almost certainly go on to win the general election although they will face Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels anti-crime group, who scored a big victory Tuesday night in the city’s Republican mayoral primary.