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The Daily BeastJun 23, 2021
Eric Adams Is Ahead After NYC Election But Nothing's Done Yet
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastWith all the ballots cast and primary election day over, New Yorkers won't know for certain who their next mayor will be for at least a week, when absentee ballots are finally collected and opened—and when the city's new ranked choice system comes into play as votes are counted and recounted, candidates at the bottom are eliminated, and their supporters' votes then move to their next pick.

What New Yorkers do know is that that mayor won't be a candidate who never voted for a mayor until voting for himself this year, as Andrew Yang—who immediately became the frontrunner in the polls and dominated media coverage after jumping into the Democratic race in January—faded in the homestretch and ended up conceding on election night, saying that the math (Get it?) didn't add up. Yang stressed his roots in the city, where he's lived for a quarter-century, and vowed he'd remain committed to public service here going forward. We'll see.

The other two leading candidates in a crowded Democratic field, Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner running on a platform of competence, and Maya Wiley, the former lawyer to outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio running on police reform, didn't concede. But with voters' first picks on the in-person ballots counted, both of them were significantly behind

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