Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who’s running as a Democratic mayoral candidate, appears in Flushing, Queens to open a new campaign office on June 8, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
UPDATED 5:05 PM PT – Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Democrats in New York City are still waiting to find out who their nominee for mayor will be. On Tuesday evening, Eric Adams appeared to secure the nomination after running on a platform centered around supporting the New York Police Department.
However, after results from the ranked voting system were tabulated, the city’s election board announced there had been a discrepancy in the elimination round of tabulation. When tallying initially concluded, Adams had secured 51.1 percent of the vote with Kathryn Garcia coming in a distant second, while all other candidates had been eliminated.
Although, an update a few hours later showed Adams’ lead shrank before all tabulation data was deleted. The board of elections later admitted that 135 thousand test ballots were still in the system, saying “the board apologizes for the error and has taken immediate measures to ensure the most accurate up-to-date results are reported.”
Both Adams and Garcia’s campaigns released statements in the wake of the mix up, saying the candidates are both staying optimistic about their chances after the corrections are made.
In addition to the ranked voting hiccup, the board of elections still has to count the more than 125 thousand absentee ballots that have come in. This means GOP nominee Curtis Sliwa will likely have to wait until mid-next week to know who he’ll be facing off against in the general election.
However according to him, he’s ready for the fight whenever it comes. “I was out there with the Guardian Angels battling to protect property, to protect product and people. All throughout midtown Manhattan in Chelsea and down in Soho,” said Sliwa on the various riots that had taken place.
“I ended up getting a broken jaw. Many of the Guardian Angels were seriously injured. I know how to take on the shooters and looters and the enemies of society.”
The general election is set to take place on Nov. 3.