Eric Adams wins Democratic primary in New York City mayoral race
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams won the Democratic primary for New York City mayor on Tuesday evening, AP reports.
The big picture Adams, a retired police captain, was the perceived front-runner in the race. If he wins the general election, he will become New York City's second-ever Black mayor.
- Amid a spike in big-city crime, Democrats say it's no coincidence that Adams ran against defunding the police.
What he's saying: "While there are still some very small amounts of votes to be counted, the results are clear: an historic, diverse, five-borough coalition led by working class New Yorkers has led us to victory in the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City," Adams said in a statement on Tuesday.
State of play: Adams modeled himself as a moderate Democrat and promised to strike a balance between fighting crime and ending unjust and racist policing practices, per AP.
- He became a police officer in 1984 and helped co-found 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, "a group that campaigned for criminal justice reform and against racial profiling," reports AP.
- He was elected Brooklyn borough president in 2013.
Context: New York City's first election using a ranked choice voting system was thrown into disarray when 135,000 test ballots were counted along with the actual ballots, resulting in the front-runner's significant lead being cut.
- The error appeared to "confirm worries" that the board, which is run by Republicans and Democrats, "was unprepared to implement the new system," per AP.
What's next: Adams will face off against Republican Curtis Sliwa in November's general election, per CNBC.
- Sliwa is the founder of Guardian Angels, "a group of self-appointed crime fighters," reports the New York Times.
- Adams is the clear favorite to win the general election, per AP.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with Adam's statement.