Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams projected as winner of New York’s Democratic mayoral primary

Wednesday - 07/07/2021 06:50
But after more than 100,000 absentee ballots were counted, Adams kept his lead, besting Garcia by a little more than 8,000 votes, or 1 percent of the vote, out of nearly 1 million cast.
Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president and Democratic candidate for New York mayor, speaks during a news conference in Brooklyn on June 24. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters)
Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president and Democratic candidate for New York mayor, speaks during a news conference in Brooklyn on June 24. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters)

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was projected the winner in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary on Tuesday, bringing to a close a chaotic and drawn-out election complicated by a debacle in initially tallying the results under a new voting process.

Adams has held first place since the June 22 primary, but his lead narrowed considerably as ranked-choice ballots were analyzed, eliminating less-popular candidates and distributing their votes to a voter’s second, third or fourth pick. The projection by the Associated Press came after updated results from absentee ballots were released Tuesday.

“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,” Adams said in a statement.

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