Eric Adams Leads In New York City Mayoral Race, Andrew Yang Concedes
Eric Adams is currently leading for the New York City mayoral race after Tuesday’s election, but the end is still far off under the city’s new ranked-choice voting system. Adams currently has 31% of the vote of the 85% counted. The retired police officer and current Borough President of Brooklyn has vowed to keep schools open year-round, provide childcare and STEM education over the summer. Adam wants to create a long-term remote school option, which he would fund “by levying a data tax on big tech companies that sell private data to advertisers and others.”
Since no candidate won 50% of the vote, the votes of the last-place finisher will be reassigned to each voter’s second choice until one candidate reaches 50%.
Adams was briefly registered as a Republican in the 1990s and became a police officer after an incident in his youth in which he was beaten while in custody. In 1995, he created 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, an advocacy group that sought to “fight racial profiling and police brutality while restoring trust among black residents.”
Rivals have attacked him for leaving for the Hudson Valley during the pandemic and never having actually voted in a New York mayoral election. He has also been accused of misappropriating official funds and actually living in New Jersey with his partner. Adam continues to deny these allegations.
Once-time front-runner Andrew Yang has officially conceded after finishing a disappointing fourth, and third-place finisher Kathryn Garcia has said that it will come down to the second and third choice in the ranked voting system. No official calls have been made.