After the city's board of elections
ran results through the ranked-choice voting
system, eliminating candidates until only two were left, Kathryn Garcia
trails Eric Adams
by a narrow margin in New York City
After 11 rounds of elimination, Adams, the Brooklyn
, has a 51.1% to 48.9% lead over Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner.
The results are still unofficial because they do not include the approximately 125,000 absentee ballots submitted by Democrats
However, a week after Election Day
, there is something positive to highlight in these preliminary results for both Adams and Garcia: Adams maintains his lead, but Garcia surges from third place to within striking distance of Adams.
Adams had 31.7% of first-choice votes
on election night, before the ranked-choice elimination process began, compared to 22.2% for civil rights
attorney Maya Wiley
and 19.5% for Garcia.
Wiley, who appears to have lost ground since election night, issued a statement indicating that she is waiting for official results that take absentee ballots into account.
“I said on election night that we must allow the democratic process to continue and count every vote so that New Yorkers can have faith in our democracy
and government,” she said, adding that “we must all support its results.”
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