Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams’ lead for the Democratic nomination for mayor shrunk on Tuesday after the New York City Board of Elections updated their primary tallies.
While the updated numbers don’t change the outcome, they show Adams edged out second place finisher Kathryn Garcia, who conceded the race last week, by less than a percentage point. Election rules state a candidate must be within half a percentage point behind their opponent to challenge the results in court. Votes are still being counted this week.
In comparison to the previous tally, Adams’ lead was cut by over 1200 votes; initial numbers showed that Garcia had lost the race against Adams by over 8,400 votes. It’s likely the latest numbers are the result of affidavit ballots folded into the tally. A spokesperson for the city BOE did not respond to a request for comment seeking clarification.
Adams, a moderate Democrat who ran on a platform to increase public safety, officially declared victory in the race last Tuesday following a bungled ballot count by the BOE that caused confusion and delays. Adams won the race after eight rounds of ranked-choice voting. He will face Curtis Sliwa for the November general election. The likelihood of an Adams victory is high given Democrats overwhelmingly dominate over Republicans in New York City.
On Tuesday, the city BOE convened to discuss the remaining ballots left to be counted. They include roughly 3,700 ballots that need to be “cured,” a process that allows a voter to fix an issue on their ballot so it can be counted.
Dawn Sandow, the BOE’s deputy director, said the agency will start counting those ballots on Thursday. The BOE said it will certify the election sometime next week, though no firm date was set.