Adams likely Democratic mayoral winner based on preliminary final results

Eric Adams squeaked out a likely victory in the city’s Democratic mayoral primary on Tuesday based on a preliminary count of the final vote tally by the embattled Board of Elections.

Adams emerged narrowly ahead of Kathryn Garcia, 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent, according to unofficial figures posted on the BOE’s website.

Adams declared the primary race over in an evening statement.

“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,” he said.

“Now we must focus on winning in November so that we can deliver on the promise of this great city for those who are struggling, who are underserved, and who are committed to a safe, fair, affordable future for all New Yorkers.”

The 403,333 votes for Adams gave him an edge of 8,426 over Garcia, who got 394,907.

The margin is less than the 14,755-vote spread Adams enjoyed after last week’s count — but it appears to be enough to ensure his victory.

That’s because there are fewer than 3,700 of about 126,000 absentee ballots left to count, due to technical errors that voters will be allowed to correct.

The tentative deadline to fix those ballots is Friday.

A Garcia campaign spokeswoman said, “We are currently seeking additional clarity on the number of outstanding ballots and are committed to supporting the Democratic nominee.”

Tuesday’s results were based on the addition of the absentee ballots, which weren’t factored in when the BOE on Wednesday updated its initial — and botched — count of ranked-choice votes.

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams
Mayoral candidate Eric Adams has held onto his slim lead in the NYC mayoral race.Stephen Yang

The massive screw-up was the result of bumbling officials having failed to clear 135,000 fake ballots that were entered into a BOE computer system for a test run ahead of the city’s first ranked-choice elections.

Red-faced board members later held a secret — and apparently illegal — meeting to discuss the humiliating blunder, which marked the latest in a string of snafus that have plagued city elections run by the patronage-riddled elections agency.

Mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia
Eric Adams held onto his slim lead over Kathryn Garcia
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Following the meeting, board President Frederic Umane, a Manhattan Republican, told The Post that one or more unidentified BOE employees made the mistake, saying, “This was not a vendor error.”

The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa in the Nov. 2 general election to succeed outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, a two-term Democrat who was barred from seeking election by term limits.

The city’s Democrats outnumber Republicans about 7-to-1, and the Big Apple hasn’t elected a GOP candidate for mayor since Michael Bloomberg ran in 2001 and 2005. He was re-elected in 2009 as an independent.

Metro | New York Post

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