Eric Adams announced victory in the Democratic Party’s primary for mayor of New York on Tuesday night.
In a statement, the former police captain and president of the Brooklyn borough called his nomination an historic win brought about by a “five-borough coalition led by working class New Yorkers.”
“Now, we must focus on winning in November so that we can deliver on the promise of this great city for those who are struggling, who are underserved and who are committed to a safe, fair, affordable future for all New Yorkers,” he said.
According to an unofficial tally of votes published by the New York City Board of Elections, Adams has secured 50.5% of the vote to former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia’s 49.5% with few ballots left to be counted.
Tuesday night’s tally included more than 124,000 Democratic absentee ballots that saw Garcia chip away at Adams’ lead but not enough to surpass him.
Garcia issued a statement Tuesday night stating she would make remarks Wednesday morning, The Washington Post reported.
The election is the first time the city has used ranked-voting, in which voters pick and rank up to five candidates. If no candidate obtains a majority of votes in the first round of voting, the contender with the fewest votes is eliminated. Voters who cast ballots for the now-removed candidate saw their vote go to their second-choice candidate.
The electoral polls closed on June 22.
Adams is currently widely seen as the frontrunner to be elected mayor of New York City in November, facing Republican primary victor Curtis Silwa, a talk show personality and creator of the Guardian Angels crime prevention organisation.