By SATimes Team
New York: It took over two weeks after the June 22 election for the result of the Democratic primary for the New York City’s Mayor to be called Tuesday for Eric Adams. The Brooklyn Borough President had a comfortable lead over his nearest rivals on election night but after the Ranked Choice Votes were tallied and absentee ballots counted, he was still ahead, 50.5% to second placed Kathryn Garcia’s 49.5%.
While others are calling his centrist approach as a winning strategy, Adams himself had told The South Asian Times in an exclusive interview earlier that he is a ‘Pragmatic Progressive”. That helped him vanquish Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, left wingers Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley, and outgoing NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Garcia and Wiley conceded the race Wednesday, clearing the way for Eric Adams to be the undisputed Democratic nominee.
Adams will face Curtis Silwa, who won the GOP primary, in November and it is a foregone conclusion that he will be the 100th mayor of a heavily Democratic city, replacing Bill de Blasio. Adams will also be only the second African American mayor of the city after David Dinkins.
Taking a victory lap, Adams, 60, laid claim to a rather broad national mandate. “New York is going to show America how to run cities,” he said on CBS News, doubling down on his public safety message. “I know how we can turn around not only New York, but America.”