Adams Leads in New York Mayoral Primary

June 23, 2021 by Dan McCue
Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams speaks at his primary election night party Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).

Eric Adams, the centerist Brooklyn Borough President who ran for mayor of New York City with public safety as his top issue, emerged on Tuesday with a substantial lead in the Democratic primary, but fell well short of outright victory in a race that will now usher in a new period of uncertainty.

According to the Associated Press, with 84% of estimated votes reported as of 11 a.m., Eric Adams leads the contest with 31.7% of the vote. He is followed by progressive Maya Wiley, a former counsel to outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, with 22.3%; moderate Kathryn Garcia, a former sanitation commissioner, with 19.5%.

The also rans were Andrew Yang, who has already conceded the race, with 11.7%, Scott Stringer, with 5%, Dianne Morales, with 2.8%, Raymond McGuire, with 2.3%, and Shaun Donovan, with 2.2%.

“Tonight we took a huge step forward,” Adams told his supporters Tuesday night as he called for unity. “As a city we’re going to turn our pain into purpose. We’re going to become a safe, affordable, fair city.”

As the votes continue to come in Adams is leading in every borough except Manhattan, where Garcia held a commanding lead.

But because Adams seemed unlikely to earn more than 50% of the vote, the contest will be decided under New York’s new ranked-choice voting system which means any of the top three candidates could still be declared the victor when the dust settles.

Under a system employed in New York City for the first time on Tuesday, voters could rank up to five candidates in order of preference, and absentee ballots — which don’t have to be in until June 29 — must also be counted.

As a result, it may take until mid-July before a Democratic primary victor — who would become an overwhelming favorite to win the general election in November — is officially declared.

Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will face Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, who appears to have handily defeated Fernando Mateo, a restaurateur, in the Republican primary. With 84% of the vote counted, Sliwa leads 71.9% to Mateo’s 28.1%.

In The News

Health

Voting

In The News

New Jersey Chief Justice Seeks Consensus Candidate for Redistricting Panel
Political News
New Jersey Chief Justice Seeks Consensus Candidate for Redistricting Panel
July 24, 2021
by Dan McCue

New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has asked Democrats and Republicans to reconvene the state’s redistricting commission and come up with a consensus candidate to act as the tiebreaker in upcoming districting decisions. Rabner first made his desire for a consensus candidate known in... Read More

Runoff Election to Decide Texas' 6th CD Race Coming Tuesday
In The States
Runoff Election to Decide Texas' 6th CD Race Coming Tuesday
July 24, 2021
by Dan McCue

Voters in Texas’ 6th Congressional District will decide which Republican candidate will fill the vacancy left by Rep. Ronald Wright, R-Texas, who died of COVID-19 related complications on Feb. 7. On the ballot Tuesday are Susan Wright, the representative’s widow and a longtime player in GOP... Read More

Republicans Vow to Keep Raising Jan. 6 Questions, Despite Committee Fracas
Political News
Republicans Vow to Keep Raising Jan. 6 Questions, Despite Committee Fracas
July 23, 2021
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As a select committee prepares to open its investigation Tuesday into the events leading up to and during the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill, a trio of House Republican wonder what might have been. Everyone expected some controversy when House Minority Leader Kevin... Read More

Ohio Utility Settles for $230 Million After Bribing State Officials
Justice
Ohio Utility Settles for $230 Million After Bribing State Officials
July 23, 2021
by Tom Ramstack

Electric utility company FirstEnergy Corp. agreed to settle a Justice Department complaint Thursday by paying $230 million to avoid a federal wire fraud conspiracy charge. Company officials admitted they conspired with former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder to pay millions of dollars to his political nonprofit... Read More

Opioid Maker and Distributors Settle State Lawsuits for $26 Billion
Litigation
Opioid Maker and Distributors Settle State Lawsuits for $26 Billion
July 23, 2021
by Tom Ramstack

A coalition of state attorneys general reached a $26 billion settlement with opioid maker Johnson & Johnson and three of its distributors this week. They blame the companies for a half-million deaths in the United States from overdoses and addictions to powerful painkillers. "Our country's opioid... Read More

VA Rolls Out New Options to Help Veterans Avoid Foreclosure
Veterans
VA Rolls Out New Options to Help Veterans Avoid Foreclosure
July 23, 2021
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a new COVID-19 Refund Modification option to assist Veterans who require a significant reduction in their monthly mortgage payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, veterans can receive a 20% payment reduction — in others,... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top