NEW YORK – Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough president and former police captain, is waking up Wednesday in the lead to be New York City’s next mayor, but even though voting is done, the race is far from over.
It may take several weeks to find out who won the Democratic primary for mayor, with absentee ballots still trickling in and a new ranked choice voting system allowing New Yorkers to list their top five preferences for mayor.
No candidate won an outright majority in the election Tuesday, so the ranked choice preferences of voters will now be redistributed as the candidates with the fewest number of votes are eliminated in a series of rounds.
Speaking to his supporters Tuesday night, Adams acknowledged the ranked choice process would still need to play out but reveled in his early lead.
“We know that there’s going to be twos and threes and fours,” he said. “But there’s something else we know. We know that New York City said, ‘Our first choice is Eric Adams.’”
Meanwhile, one-time front runner Andrew Yang conceded the race Tuesday night after initial results had him in fourth. “I am not going to be the next mayor of New York City,” he said.
The city’s Board of Elections is expected to release the first batch of ranked choice votes next Tuesday, calculating only the preferences of early and in-person voters.