© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People stand in privacy booths as they fill out ballots at PS 250 during the New York City mayoral primary election in Brooklyn, New York, USA, June 22, 2021 REUTERS / Andrew Kelly
By Joseph Ax
(Reuters) – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams held a 1-point lead over his closest rival on Tuesday in voting for the Democratic Party’s nomination for mayor of New York, almost ensuring he would become the America’s next largest city leader.
The almost final, but not yet official, results were released two weeks after the elections and after previous attempts to publish the preliminary results were unsuccessful, creating confusion and criticism of the Electoral Board.
Tuesday’s tabulation using the city’s new ranked-choice voting system included absentee ballots for the first time, although some of the roughly 125,000 ballots were left uncounted.
Adams, a former police officer, led former city sanitation chief Kathryn Garcia 50.5% to 49.5% in head-to-head competition after the rest of the field was eliminated.
Civil rights attorney Maya Wiley stayed in the race, thanks to rank election ballots, which allowed voters to rank up to five candidates in order of preference. But he was in third place in the latest results.
The winner of the Democratic primary will be highly favored in the November election against Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels civil patrol, as Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in the city by more than a margin of 6 to 1.
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