Samantha Maldonado, THE CITY
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The in-person votes are in. Candidates made their speeches, danced into the night and are officially off the campaign trail. Now they await final counts that will determine, under a new system of ranked choice voting, who won the city’s many primary races.
The Democratic mayoral primary, which is likely to determine Mayor Bill de Blasio’s successor, has been the marquee race of the season. But the whole of New York City government is being remade, with multiple local and citywide races in play.
Here’s what we know — keeping in mind that the results are unofficial, preliminary and incomplete. They are based on a count of first-choice votes cast early or in person on Primary Day, and exclude absentee or affidavit votes. The earliest the final, official outcome could be clear is the week of July 12.
We will update the results as more information becomes available.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is leading the field with 31% of the first-place ballots cast Tuesday and during early in-person voting. Civil rights attorney Maya Wiley and former Sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia are following with 22% and about 21%, respectively. You’ll find much more information here.
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa blitzed past Fernando Mateo, an advocate for livery drivers and bodega owners, by such a margin as to secure the Republican mayoral nomination in the two-person race. He’ll face the Democratic nominee in the November general election but has an uphill battle, given the city’s overwhelming Democratic majority.
Who’s winning the race for the city’s chief financial officer is not yet certain. But Brad Lander, a Brooklyn City Council member, emerged as the early leader, with Council Speaker Corey Johnson trailing him.
Jumaane Williams, the city’s current watchdog, is still on top after the preliminary vote tally. He handily topped 70% of the initial first-place votes after facing two challengers who were not well funded.
Four of the five boroughs — Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island — are poised to get new borough presidents thanks to term limits. Meanwhile, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards is fighting to keep his seat after winning it in a special election last year. No one candidate has broken through as the clear winner in any race.
Manhattan District Attorney
The race to replace Cy Vance, the borough’s top prosecutor, is not being determined by ranked choice voting, because district attorney is a state office. Alvin Bragg, the former chief deputy attorney general for New York State and a career prosecutor, is ahead by 7,000 votes based on unofficial results. He could become Manhattan’s first Black DA, as long as absentee ballots don’t tip the fortunes to second-place rival Tali Farhadian Weinstein, who poured more than $8.2 million of her own money into her campaign. Some 24,000 absentee ballots have yet to be counted.
Of the 51 seats making up the City Council, 35 across the five boroughs were up for grabs during this election. At the moment, 29 female candidates are leading in the in-person, first round counts in their districts. If they clinch victories, the gender makeup of the Council, which currently consists of 14 women, would also shift dramatically. We’ve mapped out who’s ahead so far in every competitive district.
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