NYC Primary Results Updates
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All eyes are on New York City as the intense race for the mayoral position of the country’s largest city reaches a turning point. With 13 candidates on the ballot, this year’s race is the largest in the city’s history.
On June 22, New Yorkers had the opportunity to vote in the city’s primary election for the various public official positions up for grabs. The outcome of the mayoral race is dependent on the primary results, and the winning candidate will replace current mayor, Bill de Blasio.
Thirteen Democrats and two Republicans are competing on the ballot for the first ranked-choice election. The Democratic nominee is the most likely candidate to win the election, as Democrats outnumber Republicans in the NYC demographic. As the results continue to be reported, the outcomes for the final election are beginning to be predicted.
Eric Adams — 51.1%
Maya Wiley — 20.3%
Kathryn Garcia — 48.9%
Andrew Yang — 11.9%
Scott Stringer — 4.8%
Voters were able to rank their top five candidates in preferential order for the first time, which had been a goal for many in order to promote accessibility and effort for the contenders, as candidates would be able to still compete for second or third place.
Even as votes come in, they will only include early in-person and Election Day ballots. Absentee ballots (15-20% of the votes) can take up to ten days to come in. Additionally, with rank-choice voting, the process could be extended according to results, as candidates who have been eliminated have the possibility of having their votes redistributed. According to the city’s Board of Elections, the first round of ranked-choice results will be released on Tuesday, June 29, and will be updated weekly following.
Who are the candidates that New Yorkers are voting for?
Taking the lead is Democrat Eric Adams, who acts as the Brooklyn borough president and is a former New York Police Department (NYPD) officer. Public safety has reportedly been one of the biggest concerns of the city’s inhabitants. Adams has utilized his experience in law enforcement to approach the rising crime rates from a strict perspective while still emphasizing racial justice.
“We know that this is going to be layers,” Adams said publicly in Williamsburg on Tuesday. “There are going to be twos and threes and fours, we know that. But there’s something else we know — that New York City said our first choice is Eric Adams.”
Maya Wiley, is a civil rights lawyer and was a former counsel to de Blasio. She has become popular within the progressive Democrat movement. Her platform includes the call for defunding the NYPD in order to reallocate funds to community resources. She holds key endorsements, including from that of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D. NY) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA).
Candidate Kathryn Garcia, a former sanitation commissioner for de Blasio, built her platform on managing city crises, including COVID-19 and Hurricane Sandy. She also prioritizes health and safety in areas including transportation and housing.
Andrew Yang announced the end of his campaign the day following the primaries due to his poor showing in the voting results. Yang, who was a former prominent contender for the 2020 Presidential Election, set off strong on the campaign trail by using his name recognition from the presidential race. His unique economic takes enticed many voters in both races, but a couple missteps on the trail led him to fall short of his goals.
At the fifth ranking sits Scott Stringer, the New York City comptroller, former state assemblyman, and Manhattan borough president. He supported city teachers and, in turn, received support from them. After a lobbyist came forward with a sexual harassment allegation, Stringer not only lost key endorsements, but any footing he had in the race.
Republican Curtis Sliwa is projected to win the Republican primary with 71.9%, making him the successful candidate of the minority party. Sliwa outlined his first two orders of business by priority: first ending the practice of killing animals in shelters, and second providing more public restrooms. On the rising crime rates, he advocates for increased NYPD presence and the increased involvement of Guardian Angels, an organization that is based on unarmed crime prevention, of which he is a part.
Results will be updated as votes come in.