Mr. Adams received 50.5% of the nearly 938,000 votes. Former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia received 49.5% of votes and trailed Mr. Adams by 8,426 votes—an insurmountable gap as fewer than 1,000 votes remain to be counted. Maya Wiley, a former counsel to outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, placed third.
“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,” Adams, 60, said in a statement.
“Now we must focus on winning in November so that we can deliver on the promise of this great city for those who are struggling, who are underserved, and who are committed to a safe, fair, affordable future for all New Yorkers,” he said.
Adams said he was running to “deliver on the promise of this great city for those who are struggling, who are underserved, and who are committed to a safe, fair, affordable future for all New Yorkers.”
Per The Associated Press, Adams will face off against Republican Curtis Sliwa in the general election. Democrats outnumber Republicans 7-to-1 in New York City.
Adams, a moderate Democrat, has been vocal about his opposition to the “defund the police” movement.
“We’re not going to recover as a city if we turn back time and see an increase in violence, particularly gun violence,” Adams said after a 4-year-old girl and several others were shot and wounded in Times Square in May.
“If Black lives really matter, it can’t only be against police abuse. It has to be against the violence that’s ripping apart our communities,” he told supporters the night of the primary.
Adams became a police officer in 1984 before leaving in 2006 to run for the state Senate. He was elected in 2013 as Brooklyn borough president.
Brooklyn borough president and New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams speaks to the media while on the campaign trail. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams originally had a significant advantage ahead of the second-place, New York Times-endorsed Kathryn Garcia.
An error has marred the city of New York’s first foray into ranked voting. On Tuesday night, the latest results in the race for mayor were updated after a “discrepancy.”
At around 10:30 p.m., the city’s Board of Elections released a statement noting it had failed to remove images of sample ballots from its ranked-choice voting software after testing it. According to a report from The New York Times, the board said that mistake counted “both test and election night results, producing approximately 135,000 additional records.”
The error announcement immediately threw New Yorkers into a tizzy, with one writing on Twitter: “At this time in our country and you get this s**t wrong??? This gives oxygen to people out there yelling about fraudulent elections. Way to go.”
Ranked-choice voting allows voters to select five candidates on a ballot in preferential order. If no candidate receives 50% of the first-choice votes, there is a process of elimination. The lowest polling candidates are eliminated, and votes from ballots that named them first are reallocated to the candidate their voters ranked next, and so on until there is a winner.
Brooklyn Borough PresidentEric Adamswas shown with a significant advantage ahead of second-placeTimes-endorsed candidateKathryn Garcia, who has an edge over progressive attorney-activistMaya Wiley.The current standing is expected to be updated today. But 124,000 absentee ballots remain to be counted.
Adams called the error “unfortunate.”
“It is critical that New Yorkers are confident in their electoral system, especially as we rank votes in a citywide election for the first time,” he said in a statement Tuesday night. “We appreciate the board’s transparency and acknowledgment of their error. We look forward to the release of an accurate, updated simulation, and the timely conclusion of this critical process.”
Garcia said that the error was “deeply troubling and requires a much more transparent and complete explanation.”
The current totals still show that New York City is set to either have its second African American mayor and either its first Latina or first Black woman at its helm.