Adams Wins Democratic Primary for Mayor of New York City

by Jan Frazier

New York (Washington Insider Magazine) – It was a narrow victory for Eric Adams, who won the New York City mayoral primary. He defeated his second-place rival who was Kathryn Garcia by 8,426 votes. It was a ranked-choice election, and it was the first time that New York City has utilized it.

Adams is a retired police captain. He retired in 2006 to become a state senator. He has now won the Democratic spot for the mayoral race in November. Adams now will face Curtis Sliwa, a Republican, in a general election. This election will decide the person who will take over for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Adams said in a prepared statement, “While there are still some very small amounts of votes to be counted, the results are clear: a historic, diverse, five-borough coalition led by working-class New Yorkers has led us to a victory in the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City. We must now focus on winning in November so that we can deliver on the promise of this great city or those who are struggling, who are underserved, and who are committed to a safe, fair, affordable future for all New Yorkers.”

Garcia’s spokesperson, Lindsey Green, said she is “currently seeking additional clarity on outstanding ballot and is committed to supporting the Democratic nominee.” New York City’s Board of Elections claimed that up to 942 absentee ballots, which may have contained voter mistakes, can still be fixed. This will make it impossible for Garcia to win over Adams.

This primary in New York City was unusual. Because of the pandemic, candidates had to reach the voters through Zoom. In addition, six of the eight candidates were running for the local office for the first time. Plus, they had to face the ranked-choice election, which would allow the voters to select up to five candidates in the order of their preference.

A local, political newcomer, Andrew Yang, led the mayoral race for a few months because he gave a message of hope to New York City as the people were assaulted by the pandemic.

However, things changed in Adams’ favor because shootings became a more important issue. The polls were showing that crime was the central concern. Having worked for 22 years as an officer, Adams spoke openly about his own personal story of being a victim of police brutality when he was a Black teen in Southeast Queens.

After eight rounds in the mayoral race, Adams surpassed the 50-percent brink and became the winner.


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