Eric Adams Predicted to Win Democratic Mayoral Primary, with Absentee Ballots
by Yehudit Garmaise
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has won the New York City Democratic Mayoral Primary with 50.5% of the vote, according to the latest updated, although still preliminary, count from the New York City Board of Elections (BOE).
To win the Democratic Mayoral Primary, a candidate had to win 50% of the vote, which was difficult considering the usual low voter turnout, and the ticket’s 13 candidates, a large number that significantly spread of the vote.
When asked this morning whether Mayor Bill de Blasio was disappointed by the low voter turnout in such an important election, the mayor said that he was not.
The mayor said that he expected low voter turnout in a city that was just recovering from the COVID pandemic.
Two weeks ago today, Adams appeared to be the frontrunner in a race that has taken two weeks to count, a botched result due to the mistaken inclusion of 135,000 dummy ballots, and now the inclusion of most of the 126,000 absentee ballots, which the BOE was only permitted to open on June 28.
Because the bulk of the absentee ballots had been identified as coming mostly from Manhattan, many wondered whether former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia could edge out Adams, who was leading by fewer than 15,000 votes when the in-person votes were tabulated.
Many also wondered whether Maya Wiley, a former lawyer to Mayor Bill de Blasio, also might still be in the running, as last week, she only trailed Garcia by 400 votes.
The outcome of the race could have shifted the placements of the candidates significantly, however, today’s computation of the bulk of the absentee ballots revealed Adams in the lead with 403,333 votes, and Garcia in second with 394,907 votes, which was 49.5% of the vote.
The final results are expected by July 12, when the BOE will certify the outcomes.
The general election for New York City mayor will take place on Nov. 2, when Adams will run against Republican Curtis Sliwa, who has little support is a city that has nearly 70% registered Democrats.
“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 City,” said Adams, who is a 22-year veteran of the NYPD and a former state senator.
“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.”