Former police captain Eric Adams won the Democratic party’s primary for mayor of New York on Tuesday, which means, barring any last-minute surprises, he should become the next leader of the largest city in the United States. .
The updated vote tally posted online Tuesday night, based on the city’s new ranked voting system, shows Mr. Adams has an insurmountable lead over his closest rivals, two weeks after Election Day.
With fewer than 8,000 mail-in ballots left to count, Mr. Adams leads the city’s former sanitation official, Kathryn Garcia, by one percentage point, or 8,426 votes.
Maya Wiley, a civil rights lawyer and former MSNBC television analyst, came in third, with no obvious path to victory.
Initially, they were more than a dozen candidates to seek the nomination of the Democratic Party.
If elected in balloting scheduled for November, Adams will become New York City’s second black mayor. He will repeat the feat of another black Democrat, David Dinkins, who served as mayor from 1990 to 1993, before being replaced by Republican Rudy Giuliani.
In a statement Tuesday, Adams acknowledged that there were still votes to be counted before turning to the November election, where he will be widely favored over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Angels Civil Patrol. guards.
It’s that in New York City, registered Democrat voters far outnumber Republicans.
The next mayor will have to oversee a still-nascent recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and will also face several daunting challenges, including an upsurge in shootings, persistent wealth inequality, a struggling public school system and a lack of affordable housing.
The ranked voting system works like a series of instant ballots, in which the candidate who came in last place is eliminated and their votes are redistributed according to the voters’ second choice. This process repeats until there are only two candidates left.
After seven rounds, Mr. Adams was at 40.5%, Ms. Garcia at 30.4% and Maya Wiley just behind at 29%. The 8th round knocked out Ms Wiley and reallocated her votes, with Ms Garcia regaining more support, but not enough to overtake Mr Adams.
Proponents of ranked voting say it is more democratic because voters can rank their favorite candidates without fear of “wasting” their votes on someone unlikely to win.
Mr Adams, 60, has focused his campaign on improving public safety. Moderate, he sought to strike a balance between tackling rising crime rates and eliminating racial bias within the police.
Ms Wiley, 57, who emerged late in the race as the frontrunner for the Liberal wing of the party, has proposed cutting the city’s police budget by a sixth to fund mental health services and other social assistance.
Ms Garcia, 51, ran a technocratic campaign focused on her long experience in government.
The incumbent mayor, Democrat Bill de Blasio, was unable to run again due to term limits.