Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams narrowly led the Democratic primary in the first round of ranked choice voting results released by the city’s board of elections on Tuesday. But the city’s former sanitation commissioner, Kathryn Garcia, finished the preliminary tally – which included only advance voters and in person – up close, with 48.9% versus 51.1% for Adams. Maya Wiley, a civil rights lawyer, finished third in the count.
The new figures do not include more than 120,000 postal ballots that have yet to be counted, but the crunch at the top offers a glimpse of what could be a remarkably narrow final tally. The next round of voting won’t be announced for another week, and the process isn’t expected to be completed and certified for at least two more, meaning major campaigns are entering a new phase of uncertainty – and Democrats in New York. York could be in line for a shock.
Adams released a statement questioning the numbers after the latest tally showed his lead diminishing, but still expressed confidence that he would emerge victorious.
The number of votes released a week ago was 799,827. That figure rose to 941,832 on Tuesday. The total includes the pending advance votes and the polling day votes that had not yet been counted. Valerie Vazquez-Diaz, spokesperson for the Elections Council, told CNN that no mail ballots were added to the mix.
“We know there will be layers, this is the first early count of the votes – we know that. We know there will be two, three and four – we know that, ”Adams said at the time. “But there is something else we do know. This New York City said, “Our top pick is Eric Adams. “”
Adams, in the initial first-choice vote count, edged Garcia and Wiley by around 11% and 9% respectively.
Garcia, at her own event last week, urged her supporters and other watchers to be patient and hope she could clean up the second and third pick standings.
In a statement issued shortly after the electoral council released the new information, Garcia again mixed caution and optimism.
“Even with today’s ranked pick report, we are still waiting for over 120,000 mail-in ballots to be counted and we are confident on the path to victory,” she said. “After all the votes are counted, I know everyone will support the Democratic candidate and that is exactly what I intend to do. We look forward to the final results. Democracy is worth the wait. “
Wiley’s campaign was less optimistic, but again urged voters to let the process unfold. Wiley finished second in the first-place votes in the initial count on election night, but was passed by Garcia on this first run of the ranking pick process.
“Democracy, as John Lewis said, is an act. And the people of New York have committed to one of the central acts of democracy! They voted, ”Wiley said in a statement on Tuesday. “And they acted when they overwhelmingly chose to pass the preferential vote. I said on election night, we need to allow the democratic process to continue and to count every vote so that New Yorkers have confidence in our democracy and our government. And we must all support its results. ”
Big Apple voters had the opportunity to rank up to five of the 13 candidates running. Since no candidate won a majority of the initial preference votes in last week’s vote, the New York City Council of Elections is calculating voters’ ranked choices to determine the winner.
Tuesday’s post includes the results of the first in-person votes and polling day only. Missing ballots were not included in this tabulation set due to state laws. They will be counted in the results published from next week.
As of Monday, 124,574 Democratic mail-order ballots had been returned across town – more than enough to tip the race. Tuesday also marked the deadline for mail-in ballots stamped by Election Day to arrive at election officials’ offices.
In ranked voting tables, the candidate with the fewest votes after the initial count is eliminated and all ballots for that candidate are reallocated to the next highest ranked candidate. This process continues with the remaining candidates until two remain, with the winner determined by who has the most votes in this final round.
Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who placed fourth in Tuesday’s results standings, conceded his run for mayor nomination last week, saying “I will not be mayor of New York.”