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“New York City said, ‘Our first choice is Eric Adams,'” Adams told supporters Tuesday night.
The Brooklyn Borough President and former NYPD officer, who ran on a public safety platform, spared little time declaring victory in the race.
“The little guy won today,” Adams said.
But the other candidates say not so fast. Wiley, former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio who supports restructuring the NYPD, and Kathryn Garcia, former Sanitation commissioner who supports streamlining government agencies, hope the new ranked choice voting system works in their favor.
“What we celebrate today is that we have a path,” said Wiley.
“This campaign has been about overcoming expectations,” Garcia said.
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In the final days of the contest, Garcia and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang formed an alliance. But fourth-place Yang, who was an early favorite, admitted the numbers weren’t in his favor and issued and early concession.
“Though we’re not sure ultimately who the next mayor is going to be, but whoever that person is, I will be very happy to work with them,” he said.
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Scott Stringer, meanwhile, stopped short of officially bowing out.
“When we know and determine who the next mayor’s going to be, we’re going to get behind that mayor, we’re going to support our mayor, we’re going to help build a new government,” he said.
This is the first time New York City used ranked choice voting, but it has been used 429 times in other U.S. elections. Historically, the first place winner in the first round went on to win in all but 15 cases.
“I myself voted for Eric Adams. I think he’s the right mix of understanding complexities of policing a place like New York City, but he’s also progressive,” voter Karen Friedman Agnifilo told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge.
“I put Maya Wiley as No. 1. I really value her progressive views,” voter Owen Tressider said.
“Maybe a Republican can win in New York,” said voter Gary Koos.
The Democratic candidate will face off against the projected Republican winner and founder of the Guardian Angels, Sliwa.
“I have to undo what this part-time mayor Bill de Blasio has done to all of us,” he told his supporters.
Sliwa beat the one other Republican candidate, Mateo. Since there were only two in that race, ranked choice voting did not apply.
Meanwhile, the mayor was feeling positive about the voter turnout.
“Total turnout 944,000 voters. That, again, especially against the backdrop of everything that happened in the course of last year and this year, that’s encouraging,” he said.
We likely won’t know the official results until the week of July 12, when all ballots, including absentee, will be counted.MORE NEWS: Mayoral Candidates, Gov. Hochul, Others Grapple With How To End The Violence On New York City Streets
The general election is November 2.