July 6 (Reuters) – Two weeks after the election to select the Democratic nominee for New York City mayor, city election officials are expected to release updated results on Tuesday, with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams clinging to a slim lead.
Tuesday’s tabulation using the city’s new ranked-choice voting system should include absentee ballots for the first time, though it is not clear how many of the approximately 125,000 ballots will have been tallied.
The city’s former sanitation chief, Kathryn Garcia, and civil rights attorney Maya Wiley remain in the running, thanks to ranked-choice ballots, which allowed voters to rank up to five candidates in order of preference.
The winner of the Democratic primary will be heavily favored in November’s election against Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels civilian patrol, given that Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in the city by more than a six-to-one margin.
The next mayor of the most populous U.S. city will oversee a still-nascent recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and will also confront several deep challenges, including a rise in crime, persistent wealth inequality, a troubled public school system and a lack of affordable housing.
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Source: Reuters, Joseph Ax