The New York mayoral Democratic primary race that was upended when 135,000 ballots were declared to be fraudulent, and the results subsequently re-tabulated, has a winner. At least, for now.
“Eric Adams was pronounced the winner of New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday, holding off a crowded field of challengers with a campaign focused on reducing crime and restoring the quality of life in a city that was pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic,” Bloomberg reported.
“The Associated Press called the race for Adams, who won 50.5% of the vote, edging out former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia , who received 49.5% after eight rounds of voting. It was a difference of 8,426 votes,” the report continued.
“The election of Adams, 60, the Brooklyn borough president, puts the world’s most important finance capital under the governance of a former New York City Police Department captain who appealed to working-class voters with promises of tax increases on the rich,” the report added.
After the June 26 primary results came in, the count was actually voided due to a voting machine data error. The test deck data were not cleared, resulting in 135,000 artificial ballots.
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After the botched New York mayoral primary race, at least three Democratic candidates have called for for an unprecedented manual recount of the election results, as well as an audit.
“The top three Democratic mayoral contenders are demanding a manual recount of the June 22 primary election if the final vote count has narrow enough margins — a process that would be a first for the city in modern history,” the New York Post reported.
“It is without precedent in a New York City mayoral race or any citywide office,” said election lawyer Stanley Schlein, who represents Kathryn Garcia in her lawsuit against the Board of Elections.
“Garcia, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and lawyer Maya Wiley have all filed similar petitions in court to protect their rights to challenge the election results,” the Post added.
The winner of the Democratic primary race will square off against Curtis Sliwa, who won the Republican Primary.
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