Your guide to the NYC mayoral primary election

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What you need to know

  • What’s happening: Thirteen Democrats and two Republicans ran in the New York City mayoral primaries, according to NYC’s Board of Elections.
  • You’ll have to wait for results: NYC voters picked their party nominees for the first time using ranked-choice voting, and it could take weeks to determine the winners. CNN projects that the Democratic mayoral primary will be decided using ranked-choice voting tabulation after no candidate won a majority outright. The nominee is expected to be called by mid-July.
  • Why this election matters: The candidates are vying for a chance to lead the country’s largest city as it faces rising crime, recovery from the pandemic and a range of other issues.
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Eric Adams acknowledges ranked-choice voting process ahead and says today is "such a good feeling"

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams came out to chants that “the champ is here” — Muhammad Ali’s famous boast, sampled in a Jadakiss song — and addressed jubilant supporters on Tuesday night.

He acknowledged the ranked-choice process to come, as early, preliminary results Tuesday showed him ahead of the crowded field of candidates, but spoke as if the race was over. 

“We know, we know that this is going to be layers, this is the first early voting count. We know that. We know there’s going to be twos and threes and fours — we know that. But there’s something else we know. That New York City said ‘our first choice is Eric Adams,’” Adams said.

 “We’re going to allow them to go through the process and count the ballots, and count all the ranking. And we know that this is an opportunity for people to participate, but the feeling today is just such a…such a good feeling,” he said amid cheers at his Brooklyn headquarters. 

What comes next: The nominee is expected to be determined by mid-July and is heavily favored to win the general election in November. As of Tuesday night, Adams, former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia and civil rights attorney Maya Wiley were the top contenders in the initial vote preferences among voters. These results could change once absentee ballots are included and the ranked-choice tabulation is run. 

Since no candidate will win a majority of the first-choice votes, tabulation will continue in rounds. The candidate with the fewest votes after the initial count will be eliminated and all ballots for that candidate will be reallocated to the next highest-ranked candidate selected. That process will continue with the remaining candidates until two are left with the winner determined by who has the most votes in that final round.

New York City’s Board of Elections plans to release the first set of results from this ranked-choice voting process on June 29, but those results will only include votes from early in-person and election day voters, not absentee ballots. New York state law prevents the board from beginning to count absentee ballots until June 28.

The board will release the results of the ranked-choice voting process again on July 6, this time including as many absentee ballots as they’ve been able to process. They’ll report results again every Tuesday until all the ballots have been counted.

Read more about where things stand in the race here.

Andrew Yang concedes and tells supporters he's "not going to be mayor of NYC"

Democratic NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang conceded in a speech on Tuesday as the results from early and primary day in-person voting came in showing he placed a distant fourth behind candidates Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley.

“I am not going to be the mayor of New York City based on the numbers coming in tonight,” Yang told supporters.

CNN projects the New York City Democratic mayoral primary winner will be determined using ranked-choice voting tabulation.

Voters in the Big Apple had the option to rank up to five of the 13 candidates in the race. Since no candidate will win a majority of the vote outright, the New York City Board of Elections will tabulate voters’ ranked choices to determine the winner.  

The nominee is expected to be determined by mid-July and is heavily favored to win the general election in November. As of Tuesday night, Adams, Garcia and Wiley were the top contenders in the initial vote preferences among voters.

These results could change once absentee ballots are included and the ranked-choice tabulation is run. 

Read more about the NYC mayoral primary here.

NYC Democratic mayoral primary to be decided using ranked-choice voting tabulation, CNN projects

The New York City Democratic mayoral primary winner will be determined using ranked-choice voting tabulation, CNN projects.  

Voters in the Big Apple had the option to rank up to five of the 13 candidates in the race. Since no candidate will win a majority of the vote outright, the New York City Board of Elections will tabulate voters’ ranked choices to determine the winner.  

The nominee is expected to be determined by mid-July and is heavily favored to win the general election in November.

As of Tuesday night, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, and civil rights attorney Maya Wiley were the top contenders in the initial vote preferences among voters.

These results could change once absentee ballots are included and the ranked-choice tabulation is run. 

What comes next? Since no-candidate will win a majority of the first-choice votes, tabulation will continue in rounds. The candidate with the fewest votes after the initial count will be eliminated and all ballots for that candidate will be reallocated to the next highest-ranked candidate selected. That process will continue with the remaining candidates until two are left with the winner determined by who has the most votes in that final round.  

New York City’s Board of Elections plans to release the first set of results from this ranked-choice voting process on June 29, but those results will only include votes from early in-person and election day voters, not absentee ballots. New York state law prevents the board from beginning to count absentee ballots until June 28.  

The board will release the results of the ranked-choice voting process again on July 6, this time including as many absentee ballots as they’ve been able to process. They’ll report results again every Tuesday until all the ballots have been counted.  

Here's what some of the candidates for NYC mayor tweeted as the polls closed

The polls in the New York City primary election are now officially closed. Some candidates in the highly competitive Democratic primary for mayor turned to Twitter to thank supporters and voters.

Here’s what some of the leading candidates are saying:

Eric Adams:

Adams wrote on Twitter thanking everyone who “poured their hearts and souls into this race.”

Maya Wiley:

Wiley simply tweeted, “I love you, New York.” She also reminded anyone who is in line at 9 p.m. to stay in line and have their vote counted.

Kathryn Garcia:

Garcia honored those New Yorkers who died from Covid-19. “We can memorialize their lives in a real, tangible way,” she tweeted. The candidate said that if elected as mayor, “one of the first things I’ll do is make sure we are taking care of our families and kids affected by COVID.”

Dianne Morales:

Morales said her campaign “has defied expectations at every turn.”

Scott Stringer:

Stringer tweeted a photo with his wife and thanked her “for being our rock throughout this journey.”

NYC polls close in nomination fight for mayor. Here's why it may take weeks before a winner is called. 

The polls for New York City’s primary election closed at 9 p.m ET.

The contest for the Democratic mayoral nomination, which will almost certainly determine outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s successor, features 13 candidates, but has in recent weeks appeared to come down to four favorites:

  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a retired captain in the New York Police Department
  • Former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang
  • Maya Wiley, a civil rights lawyer who served as counsel to de Blasio in his first term
  • Former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia

Two Republicans, meanwhile, are vying for their party’s nomination: Fernando Mateo, a businessman, and Curtis Sliwa, a political activist and radio show host.

Up and down the ballot, in races for mayor, comptroller, five borough presidencies, dozens of open city council seats and district attorney jobs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New Yorkers are poised to send a signal that resonates beyond the city limits — to Democrats across the country looking to its broad and diverse electorate for a glimpse into the future of the party.

Why a winner won’t be called tonight: The implementation of ranked-choice voting means that the one certainty on primary day is that New Yorkers will have to wait — for weeks — before most of the biggest races are decided.

At some point tonight now that the polls have closed, the city’s Board of Elections will release the first-choice numbers from early and in-person voting. But that will only provide a narrow view of the results.

Here’s what the timeline for results looks like:

New York City mayor says his successor "will have their hands full" with the Covid-19 recovery

Current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the next mayor “will have their hands full with the recovery” from the Covid-19 pandemic when they succeed him in office.

De Blasio was asked by CNN’s Erin Burnett why he declined to endorse a candidate in the race. He said that “it just didn’t make sense to me in the end” to endorse but whoever wins he plans to work with on a “seamless transition.”

“I’m going to have to work with whoever is the winner on a really strong transition. This passing of the baton is not like normal elections. This is in the middle of the pandemic and the recovery. This has to be a seamless transition so I decided it was best to stay back, keep my views to myself and I’m ready to work with whoever wins. New York City is coming back strong. It amazing to see the energy out there and amount of economic activity but this next mayor will have their hands full with the recovery for sure.”

Key storylines to watch as NYC enters final hours of voting

The polls for New York City’s primary election close in just about two hours at 9 p.m. ET.

We expect to learn some results tonight. But we won’t know the final outcome of races using the ranked-choice voting, including the highly contested 13-person Democratic primary in the mayor’s race.

Under the new ranked-choice system, voters are being given the option to rank five candidates. Once the ballots are in, the candidate with the lowest number of votes will be removed from the running and their voters’ second choices reapportioned. The first candidate to cross the 50% threshold wins.

Here are some of the major storylines to watch ahead of the polls closing:

  • Expecting to learn who won the ranked-choice races on Tuesday night? Don’t. The implementation of ranked-choice voting means that the one certainty on primary day is that New Yorkers will have to wait —for weeks — before most of the biggest races are decided. At some point after the polls close on Tuesday night, the city’s Board of Elections will release the first-choice numbers from early and in-person voting. But that will only provide a narrow view of the results. Absentee ballots will not be counted until July 6 and the ranked-choice process doesn’t kick off until June 29.
  • Does the Andrew Yang-Kathryn Garcia alliance hurt Eric Adams? Adams and Yang have waged the most fierce, personal campaign-within-a-campaign of the primary. Adams led the charge of criticism after Yang revealed, early in the running, that he spent some of the worst of the pandemic in a second home outside the city, in upstate Ulster County. That dynamic blew up over the weekend, when Yang and Garcia began to campaign together, with Yang encouraging his supporters to rank Garcia second. Surrogates for Adams charged that the alliance was forged out of a desire to keep a Black or Latino candidate out of City Hall. Though Adams has been less explicit himself in making the allegation, his campaign bundled remarks to that effect from prominent supporters and blasted them out to reporters.
  • Can progressives deliver for Maya Wiley? It took longer than she might have hoped, but leading progressive lawmakers and organizations ultimately coalesced around the civil rights lawyer in the final weeks of the campaign. Wiley goes into primary day with endorsements from New York Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, state Sens. Alessandra Biaggi and Julia Salazar, and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, among others, along with the Working Families Party and a long list of grassroots progressive activist groups. National liberal leaders like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who campaigned with Wiley last week, are also onboard. The question now: Did it all come together too late in the game?
  • Running to take on Trump Longtime Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who is on his way out of the office, is expected to leave quite a job to his successor: prosecuting a case against either former President Donald Trump, the Trump Organization or its executives. No decision has been made yet, but if Vance goes ahead, it will likely fall to the winner of Tuesday’s primary to follow through. The leading candidates have mostly made clear that they would relish the opportunity.
  • The activist left makes a downballot charge While victory for Wiley would represent a stunning comeback story, the story is much different down the ballot. Thanks to a new term-limits law coming into effect this year, there are more than 30 open seats — out of 51 in all —to be filled on the City Council. The activist left, led by the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, steered clear of the mayoral primary, in part because none of the candidates energized its members and, perhaps more importantly, it saw an unusual opportunity to gain influence — while expending fewer resources — in shaping the city’s legislative body.

Read more about today’s election here.

AOC dings mayoral candidate Eric Adams as rain dampens primary day

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez provided one final mini-splash today during a radio interview on Hot 97 when she revealed that candidate Scott Stringer was her second pick in the ranked-choice mayoral primary. 

Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Maya Wiley, her first choice, earlier this month after initially indicating she might sit out the race altogether.

The congresswoman had harsh words, though, for candidate Eric Adams, who has been critical of the new-to-New York voting system and whose campaign surrogates described the late alliance between candidates Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia as a move to suppress the Black and Latino vote. 

Asked on Monday whether he would accept the outcome of the election, Adams gave a response that apparently caught Ocasio-Cortez’s attention. 

“Yes,” Adams said at the time. “I assure voters that no one is gonna steal the election from me.”

Ocasio-Cortez repeated back the quote during her radio interview, describing it as “very Trumpian.”

Adams has, on other occasions, offered clearer indications he would respect the outcome. 

Whatever that is, ultimately, New Yorkers will likely have to wait until after the July 4 holiday — at the earliest — to find out. Tonight’s results will only include the first place choices from early and primary day in-person voting. The ranked-choice culling process won’t begin for another week, as absentee ballots continue to trickle in.

On the ground, in the final hours of this very long campaign, which includes races for comptroller, borough presidencies, district attorney jobs and dozens of open city council seats, there is at least one thing no candidate for any office would contest: the weather has been suboptimal. It began raining early this afternoon and hasn’t let up since.

And while the downpour hasn’t dampened the candidates’ enthusiasm — Yang has been spotted cutting an especially exuberant figure across town — there is a chance it could turn off some late-deciding voters.

What we do know, so far, is that at least 191,197 voters cast ballots during nine days of early voting, according to the city’s Board of Elections. About 30,000 more than that requested absentee ballots, most of which have not yet been returned. 

Read more about today’s election here.

When we expect to see NYC primary election winners (it's not tonight)

For the first time, New York City will be using a ranked-choice voting system for some races. This means it will likely take weeks to have full results of the election.

Here’s a quick breakdown of when we expect to see results:

  • What will we see on Election Night: Currently, the New York City Board of Elections will release the first choices of early and in-person votes on Election Night. This will not include any absentee votes or information on other choices made in ranked-choice contests.
  • What kind of updates do we expect: We expect the board to release the results of all the ranked-choice voting rounds each time they run the calculation. Beware that even though the results released by the board could show what looks like a final round “winner” of the ranked-choice process, there may still be additional ballots to count.   
  • When will we know the winners: We do not have an exact date yet. Assuming it’s needed, the city’s election board plans to run the ranked-choice tabulation process once a week starting June 29 (a week after the election).
  • When are they counting absentee ballots: Absentee ballots will not be included in the June 29 tabulation because New York’s elections law doesn’t allow them to be opened until June 28 to give officials time to ensure there are no duplicate votes. They’ll begin to be included in the board’s tabulation on July 6. Each succeeding tabulation will include absentee ballots that have been validated since the previous run. That will continue until all valid ballots have been included.

NYC voter tells CNN preparation is key to ranking candidates in new voting method 

CNN’s Athena Jones met some New York voters at a polling site on the Upper West Side of Manhattan earlier this afternoon who let her know how they’re liking using ranked-choice voting for the first time.

New York City is the largest jurisdiction using this method. To calculate the winner, the first-choice votes of each ballot are counted. If no one receives a majority of the vote (which is unlikely in such a large field), the candidate with the least support is eliminated from contention, and votes for that candidate are redistributed to whomever the voter marked as their second choice.

That process continues until a winner is determined.

Voter Andrew Yelder told CNN, “It was easy,” adding, “I’m a big fan of rank-choice voting.”

Asked if she found it confusing, voter Becky Curtis said, “I don’t think it was confusing.” 

“It did give me the chance to vote for a lot of women,” she said.

“You had to come prepared knowing what rank you had or you’d be there all day,” a voter named Anne told CNN. “But once you have a list with you, it’s not hard.”

Jones reported that four names have risen to the top of the mayoral race in recent polling: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a retired captain in the New York Police Department; former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang; Maya Wiley, a civil rights lawyer who served as counsel to de Blasio in his first term; and former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia.

Remember: The board of elections does expect to be able to release the first choices of in-person and early votes tonight. 

“That could give us some sense of whether any one of these candidates may have opened up a bit of a wide lead,” Jones noted.

Watch here:

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CNN’s Adam Levy and Ethan Cohen contributed reporting to this post. 

New York voters say that they are pleased with the ranked-choice voting system

New Yorkers are heading to the polls today to cast their ballot in the primary elections for the next NYC mayor and other elected officials. For the first time, the city is using ranked-choice voting, which will give voters an opportunity to pick their top five preferences out of the field of candidates in some races including the mayoral primaries.

CNN’s Polo Sandoval is at a polling place in Brooklyn where he talked to some voters that seem pleased with the new voting system.

Voter Eric Baker told Sandoval that the ranked-choice system is “pretty straightforward.”

“You do your research, it makes sense,” Baker said.

Voter B Stone said, ” I think it’s better than an all-or-nothing candidate.” 

Stone continued: “I think it gives more progressive candidates a chance to win,” adding, “I wish there had been a stronger slate of progressive candidates in this election, but for now we’re at least getting the chance to do it a different way.” 

Remember: The ranked-choice system will mean that we don’t get instant results when polls close later today. The board of elections in New York has told CNN that it might take until July to know the final results.

Voter Catelin Stone said, “I’m okay with waiting.”

“I don’t need instant gratification on a mayor. I almost rather it be vetted and done properly than get the answer tonight.” 

Watch CNN’s reporting from a polling site:

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Tensions run high among some Democratic mayoral candidates

The contest for the Democratic mayoral nomination, which will almost certainly determine outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s successor, features 13 candidates, but has in recent weeks appeared to come down to four favorites.

Those candidates are: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a retired captain in the New York Police Department; former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang; Maya Wiley, a civil rights lawyer who served as counsel to de Blasio in his first term; and former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia.

Although the winner may not be determined for weeks due to ranked-choice voting, tensions have run high among some of these front-runners:

  • Back and forth criticism: Adams and Yang have exchanged fierce criticism throughout their campaigns. Adams first criticized Yang after he revealed he spent much of the pandemic in a second home outside of the city. Later, Yang questioned Adams over whether the Brooklyn Borough president actually lived in the borough he runs. Both controversies underscore the importance of loyalty in a pandemic-leveled city throughout this race.
  • Eleventh hour alliance: In a surprising move, Garcia and Yang campaigned together over the weekend and on Monday. Although Yang called on his supporters to rank Garcia second when voting, Garcia has not backed him in return. Nevertheless, the dynamic applies some pressure to Adams’ campaign.
  • Doubling back: Some supporters of Adams claim the alliance between Yang and Garcia is an attempt to keep a Black or Latino candidate out of City Hall. On Monday morning, Adams appeared on CNN’s New Day, where he denied the alliance was racially motivated – but Adams soon retraced his steps. “I can say this, that African-Americans are very clear on voter suppression,” Adams said. “We know about a poll tax, we know about the fight that we’ve had historically.”
  • Sharp statements: Later that morning, Wiley, who is also Black, released a statement regarding Adams’ comments. “At a time when this country is seeing real voter suppression laws being enacted, using racism charges to undermine confidence in Ranked Choice Voting is cynical, self-interested and dangerous,” Wiley said. Wiley ultimately argued that Yang’s campaigning with Garcia “is not racist and we should not be using this term so loosely against other candidates at the end of a long campaign when New Yorkers are all coming together to make important choices about our collective future.”

Read more about the NYC mayoral race here.

CNN’s Alyssa Kraus contributed reporting to this post.

NYC mayor tells CNN he's worried about low turnout in today's primary election

Mayor Bill de Blasio has refused to reveal who he will be voting for to replace him when he leaves office at the end of the year. But as he walked up to his polling place in Park Slope earlier, he was open about his concerns over turnout in the primary. 

“I think this election has generated so little real, organic energy and obviously Covid has been pulling against it,” de Blasio said. “By any normal measure, you’d think after last year, we’d be in a sort of permanent, high turnout reality, but I fear it’s kind of come down.”

Total turnout projections from the campaigns have tended to range from 750,000 to 1.1 million. De Blasio said that any figure “less than a million would worry me.”

Asked why he suspected the numbers might go down — and who or what was to blame for it, the two-term mayor ticked off a “triad” of potential headwinds.

“The focus on Covid taking up so much of the energy, ranked choice voting creating a certain amount of confusion, and the earlier primary — people really were used to September — I think all of it’s thrown off the rhythm of things,” he said.

New York City typically holds its citywide primaries in September, after Labor Day, but moved its calendar up this year. De Blasio was lukewarm on a successful 2019 ballot measure that put the ranked choice system in place and the city has been criticized by some for not doing enough to educate voters about the intricacies of the new process. 

In his media conferences leading up to today’s election, de Blasio has sounded unimpressed by the candidates and called for them to offer up more compelling pitches to New Yorkers.

“What I heard a lot of was candidates announcing they would do bold new things that actually are things my administration is doing right now,” he said after a recent debate. “What I would say to all these candidates is, brush up on your facts, bring us a more coherent vision.”

De Blasio is widely believed to be supporting Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams — a perception he reinforced on Monday when he questioned the eleventh hour alliance between Andrew Yang and his former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. 

“This one strikes me as an ‘odd couple’ situation and a little more opportunistic,” de Blasio said. “These are two people who don’t seem to share a lot of positions.”

Meet the 13 Democrats running in NYC's mayoral primary

Thirteen Democrats are running in the New York City mayoral primaries today, according to the New York City Board of Elections

Here’s who will be on the primary ballots for the ranked-choice vote:

  • Eric Adams: A retired former captain in the New York Police Department, Adams is a vocal advocate of the NYPD and is running on a platform that includes stepped-up policing. The former officer has been critical of the department, however, calling out racism in the organization. Adams has been a fixture on the New York political scene for decades — making many friends and enemies along the way – and has argued that he is the candidate best-equipped to fight a surge in violent crime. The former New York state senator is running to be the second Black mayor in New York City history. He has support from a number of major unions and local leaders, including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
  • Art Chang: The technologist and entrepreneur started 12 small businesses in New York City and co-created an initiative called “NYC Votes” to promote citywide democracy. Chang would like to implement universal child care, help Broadway rebound and revamp government technology. The son of Korean immigrants, he co-founded the City University of New York (CUNY) Technology Apprenticeship Program and served on the New York City Campaign Finance Board as well as the board of directors at the Brooklyn Public Library. Chang would be the city’s first Asian American mayor.
  • Shaun Donovan: A former Obama administration Cabinet member, Donovan served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the housing market crisis of 2008, and later as director of the Office of Management and Budget. He’s running on a platform to build “15-minute neighborhoods,” a plan that seeks to provide New Yorkers with schools, transportation and food within 15 minutes of their homes. Prior to his time in the Obama administration, Donovan was commissioner of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development under former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Donovan has been criticized by his rivals over an independent expenditure group almost entirely funded by his father.
  • Aaron Foldenauer: An attorney who has practiced employment litigation and election law, Foldenauer’s platform seeks to rebuild New York City’s economy with a focus on small business and property owners. Foldenauer hopes to revamp New York City tourism, has a plan for healthy eating and would like to create a texting service for subway riders to report incidents. Foldenauer ran for New York City Council in Lower Manhattan but lost in 2017.
  • Kathryn Garcia: As commissioner of New York City’s Sanitation Department, Garcia oversaw a staff of 10,000 and managed the city’s trash collection, water distribution and snow removal. Running on a platform that centers on New York City’s health and safety, Garcia says she would bring her crisis management skills and experience with local systems to City Hall. Garcia led New York City’s emergency food program at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and served as incident commander during Hurricane Sandy. She was endorsed in May by the New York Times editorial board, which wrote that she “best understands how to get New York back on its feet and has the temperament and the experience to do so.” Garcia, if elected, would be the city’s first female mayor.
  • Raymond McGuire: The former investment banker and Citigroup executive’s campaign centers on fueling an economic rebound. His platform includes a job accelerator to bring back 50,000 jobs in New York City. McGuire, a Black man, says his lived experience qualifies him to enact renewed public safety and justice policy in New York City. Raised by a single mother in Dayton, Ohio, McGuire previously served on the boards of Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, and De La Salle Academy, a small private school in New York City. McGuire is not participating in the city’s generous matching funds program.
  • Dianne Morales: As a former nonprofit executive and New York City public school teacher, Morales wants to guarantee housing for New York City residents and desegregate the city’s public schools and has called to “defund the police; fund the people.” A single mother, Morales has worked to help build communities of support for young people, including homeless youth. The Brooklyn-raised daughter of Puerto Rican parents, Morales would be the city’s first Afro-Latina mayor. Her campaign, though, has recently been hobbled by infighting among staff and the departure of her campaign manager. If elected, Morales would be the city’s first female mayor.
  • Paperboy Love Prince: Prince, a nonbinary rapper, wants to give New Yorkers $2,000 a month in universal basic income, proposes three-and-a-half-day work weeks and health care for all, seeks to eradicate homelessness and wants to turn the New York Police Department into a “love team.” Prince ran for Congress in New York’s 7th District last year but lost in the primary to 14-term-incumbent Nydia Velázquez.
  • Scott Stringer: The New York City comptroller’s campaign emphasizes his experience with citywide government. Serving as comptroller since 2013, Stringer is responsible for the Big Apple’s finances and has managed the city’s five public pension funds. Before that, Stringer served as a New York state assemblyman and Manhattan borough president. His platform includes early childhood education and the creation of a “chief health officer” to focus on public health. A graduate of New York City Public Schools and the CUNY system, Stringer got his start in politics as an aide to Jerry Nadler, who was a New York State assembly member at the time. In April, Stringer was accused of sexual harassment by a former political ally. He has denied the allegations, which led some prominent endorsers to withdraw their support. He has retained the backing of a number of high-profile labor unions.
  • Joycelyn Taylor: Taylor, a Brooklyn native who grew up in public housing, is running on a platform to expand affordable public housing and “decriminalize poverty.” As a businesswoman who started a general contracting firm, Taylor built a nonprofit to help provide women- and minority-owned businesses access to opportunity, citywide and state agencies, and elected officials. She also supports the legalization of recreational marijuana. If elected, she would be the city’s first female mayor.
  • Maya Wiley: Wiley, a longtime civil rights attorney and activist, wants to create a “New Deal” for New York that would focus on centering communities of color with a $10 billion investment in infrastructure, stimulus and jobs programs, according to her platform. She is also pushing a “community first” plan to combat climate change and proposing a transformation of the NYPD. Wiley formerly served as counsel to outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio and previously worked with both the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union. She has been endorsed by New York’s Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the House Democratic leadership, and enjoys the support of one of the city’s largest unions. Wiley would be the city’s first female mayor if elected.
  • Isaac Wright Jr.: Wright is running on a platform that centers on working class communities with plans to increase the minimum wage and expand affordable housing with opportunities for homeownership for all New York City residents. After being wrongfully convicted and incarcerated, Wright pursued his law degree and became an attorney. He is also the executive producer of ABC’s “For Life,” a fictionalized TV show based on his life story.
  • Andrew Yang: The lively former presidential candidate has campaigned on a promise to lift the city out of its pandemic haze. He wants to give some low-income New York city residents a basic income, providing those who need it most with direct cash payments of about $2,000 each year. The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Yang worked as a lawyer before launching a number of startups focused on health care and education. He is viewed as one of the front-runners in the Democratic primary, despite facing criticism for not having previously voted in a mayoral election and questions over whether he has the experience to take on the job. Yang would, if elected, become the city’s first Asian American mayor.

Read more about the candidates here.

How some New York City voters are reacting to casting their first ranked-choice ballots

CNN’s Athena Jones was live from a New York City polling site, where she talked to about how voters feel about ranked-choice voting, the newly implemented system where voters rank their top five choices in order of preference instead of selecting one candidate. 

Almost three-quarters of New York City voters picked ranked-choice voting for primaries and special elections in a 2019 referendum. Currently, New York City is the largest jurisdiction in the country to use this voting method, Jones reported.

Here’s what some voters had to say:

New York City voter Becky Curtis said she ranked five candidates for mayor, adding that it provided an opportunity to vote for several female candidates. 

“Was it confusing? Well, I don’t think it was confusing. I did have to read and understand what it was all about,” Curtis said. “Do I like it? I’m not sure if I like it or I don’t like it, but it did give me the chance to vote for a lot of women.”

Another voter highlighted the need to prepare the five choices before heading to the polls.

“You had to come prepared knowing what rank you had or you would be there all day,” the voter said. “But once you have a list with you, it is not hard.”

According to Jones, there have been four clear front-runners among voters surveyed on the Upper West Side: Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia, Maya Wiley and Andrew Yang. However, it could be weeks before a candidate is declared the winner

Watch CNN’s reporting from the ground:

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These are three key issues to look for in this election, according to a former NYC official

A former New York City official said there are three key issues emerging in the city’s mayoral race: Crime, policing and the economy as people start to recover from the pandemic.

Several of the candidates have talked about these issues during their campaign, some even making them central parts of their platforms.

“I think the race is come down to the issue of crime and what people are going to do about it, but also how the police behave when they are fighting crime, Christine Quinn, former NYC City Council speaker, told CNN on Tuesday. “So we see both issues front and center, police abuse also a national issue and crime on the rise which, as you said, is a national issue.”

Homicides in New York are up 53% over the last two years and shootings up by more than 100%. Democrats have told pollsters that crime and public safety are their top concerns by a wide margin.

This gives a boost to candidate Eric Adams, a former state senator who spent 22 years in the New York Police Department before going into politics.

On the other side of the issue, democratic candidate Maya Wiley is calling for sharp cuts to the NYPD budget and the creation of an all-civilian board to oversee the department.

Republican candidate Fernando Mateo says he’s running in part to reduce crime and to combat bureaucracy and high taxes, and the other GOP candidate, Curtis Sliwa, says he wants to “refund the police.”

“I think the third issue is the economy and the post-pandemic comeback and is the comeback going to be more inclusive of people of color and women than the economy in New York was prior to the pandemic,” Quinn said about another prominent campaign point.

Democratic candidate Aaron Foldenauer’s platform seeks to rebuild New York City’s economy with a focus on small business and property owners and former investment banker and Democratic candidate Raymond McGuire is proposing a plan to bring 50,000 jobs in New York City.

Another Democratic candidate, Joycelyn Taylor, said she is running to expand affordable public housing and “decriminalize poverty.” Taylor built a nonprofit to help provide women- and minority-owned businesses access to opportunity, citywide and state agencies and elected officials.

Here’s how some Democratic mayoral candidates are campaigning this morning 

Thirteen Democrats are running in the New York City mayoral primaries today. This is the first time voters will pick their nominees using ranked-choice voting, a process where voters rank their top five choices in order of preference instead of choosing just one candidate. This means it could be weeks before a winner is determined. 

Many of the nominees posted on social media this morning, urging residents to vote throughout the day. Polls opened at 6 a.m. ET and will close at 9 p.m. ET tonight. 

Here’s a look at some of the candidates’ tweets:

 Eric Adams:

Shaun Donovan:

Kathryn Garcia:

Maya Wiley: 

Andrew Yang: 

These are the NYC races using ranked-choice voting

For the first time, New York City voters will be using ranked-choice voting for some nominations (including mayor), a system where instead of selecting one candidate, voters rank their top five choices in order of preference.

Ranked-choice voting, as well as New York’s laws around absentee ballots, means it will likely take weeks to have full results of the election.

So, which position in the primary will be using ranked-choice voting?

Voters will rank their top five choices in order of preference for:

  • Mayor
  • Public advocate
  • Comptroller
  • Borough presidents
  • City council members

Remember: Ranked-choice voting only applies to New York City elections and will not be used in the following contests (note – not all positions listed here are on the ballot this month): president, governor, US senator, surrogate, supreme court, judges, civil court judges, district attorney, congress, state senate, and state assembly.

The art of an alliance: How some candidates are using strategy in ranked-choice voting

Democratic mayoral candidates Eric Adams and Andrew Yang have waged the most fierce, personal campaign-within-a-campaign of the primary. Adams led the charge of criticism after Yang revealed, early in the running, that he spent some of the worst of the pandemic in a second home outside the city, in upstate Ulster County.

So it was little surprise that Yang laid into Adams when a controversy over whether the Brooklyn Borough president actually lived in the borough he runs blew up late in the campaign. Adams tried to defuse the questions by offering the media guided tours of an apartment he owns in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, but the episode touched off a barrage of new reporting over Adams’ real estate disclosures – or, in certain cases, a lack thereof.

It’s hard to say whether the issue swayed any voters, but its brief capture underscored unresolved issues – about home and loyalty in a pandemic-leveled city – attached to the trauma of the past 15 months and, more narrowly, the bad blood between the two candidates.

That dynamic blew up over the weekend, when Yang and another democratic candidate, Kathryn Garcia, began to campaign together, with Yang encouraging his supporters to rank Garcia second. Surrogates for Adams charged that the alliance was forged out of a desire to keep a Black or Latino candidate out of City Hall. Though Adams has been less explicit himself in making the allegation, his campaign bundled remarks to that effect from prominent supporters and blasted them out to reporters.

In an appearance Monday morning on CNN’s New Day, Adams first denied that he was suggesting the alliance was racially motivated before doubling back.

“I can say this, that African-Americans are very clear on voter suppression,” Adams said, channeling his supporters’ gripes. “We know about a poll tax, we know about the fight that we’ve had historically.”

That comment appeared to draw in Wiley, who put out a sharp statement later in the morning.

“At a time when this country is seeing real voter suppression laws being enacted, using racism charges to undermine confidence in Ranked Choice Voting is cynical, self-interested and dangerous,” said Wiley, who is also Black.