Eric Adams Takes Early Lead In New York City Mayoral Race

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 22: New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams speaks during his election night party at Schimanski on June 22, 2021 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn borough in New York City. Adams currently leads in first-choice votes. This is the first year in the city for ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to rank their top five candidates. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The initial results from the Democratic primary in New York's mayoral race are in. Leading the way, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams captured 31% of first-choice votes while mayoral counsel Maya Wiley finished in second with 22% of first-choice voices. Rounding out the top five, former sanitation head Kathryn Garcia finished in third, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang finished in fourth and Scott M. Stringer finished in fifth.

These results are not final, but they are a decent indicator of what is to come. Thus far, city officials have been able to count 96% of the ballots cast. However, only first-choice results and in-person votes will be released to media sites this week. Next week, voters and journalists expect to receive the full voting results. With that said, a few candidates have taken Tuesday's preliminary results and made important decisions.

Andrew Yang has decided to drop out of New York's mayoral race after Tuesday's primary. This comes as a surprise considering he was the runaway favorite in the race just six to eight weeks ago.

"I am not going to be the next mayor of New York City," he told his supporters.

With Yang's departure, it has become increasingly clear that whoever becomes the next mayor of New York will make history in some way. If Garcia wins, she would be the first woman to serve as mayor. If Wiley were to win, she would be the first woman to serve as mayor as well along with being the second Black mayor in the city's history. On the outside looking in, Curtis Silwa has won the Republican Primary and is looking to becoming the first Republican to serve as mayor of New York in more than a decade. Leading the way, Eric Adams is hopeful that he can become the second Black man to hold the office in its two-century long history. Adams, like everyone else, is waiting to receive the full results from Tuesday's primary, but he is hopeful about his chance to become mayor of the nation's largest city.

“We know that there’s going to be twos and threes and fours," Adams said.

"But there’s something else we know. We know that New York City said, ‘Our first choice is Eric Adams.’”

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