Yang concedes after chaotic New York primary

Voters may not know the outcome for weeks.

6/23/2021 6:02:00 AM

Andrew Yang has conceded in New York City's Democratic primary for mayor, a stunning reversal for someone who dominated early polls in the race

Voters may not know the outcome for weeks.

NEW YORK —Andrew Yang has conceded in New York City's Democratic primary for mayor, a stunning reversal for someone who dominated early polls in the race.“You all know I am a numbers guy, I'm someone who traffics in what's happening by the numbers," Yang told supporters in Manhattan. "And I am not going to be the next mayor of New York City based upon the numbers that have come in. Tonight I am conceding this race.”

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Polls closed at 9 p.m in New York City’s first ever ranked-choice election and, while voters may not know the outcome for weeks,Yang was trailing well behindBrooklyn Borough President Eric Adams who had a comfortable lead in first-choice votes by 11 p.m, followed by Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley who were neck and neck for second place.

The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary is almost certain to become mayor in the city’s November general election at a time of unique challenge: Recovering from high unemployment, flattened tourism and a chaotic school year of remote learning spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic. headtopics.com

At the same time, if a sustained rise in violent crime continues apace, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s successor will confront a rash of shootings and hate crimes that continue to threaten the city’s recovery.Crime frequentlytopped polls as a leading concernamong voters, vaulting Adams — a former police captain who ran almost singularly on a promise of restoring safety to the city — into first place and minimizing the impact of the “defund NYPD” movement that got a foothold in city politics last year.

“New Yorkers are feeling this energy,” Adams told reporters in Manhattan Tuesday morning, repeating his campaign pledge to drive down shootings.Yang, the former presidential candidate, Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner, and Wiley, former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, formed the top-tier of the crowded race in recent weeks. Yang and Garcia were the only ones to form a late alliance in the race, a common move in other ranked-choice campaigns around the country.

New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley speaks to reporters during a news conference. | Mary Altaffer/AP PhotoThe Democratic nominee will not be officially determined until the city Board of Elections releases its tally of absentee ballots on July 6. Further extending the ballot count is the advent of ranked-choice voting, which allows New Yorkers to select up to five candidates for each position. The system kicks in when no candidate attains 50 percent of votes on the first pass. The board plans to issue preliminary

resultsof ranked ballots on June 29.Yang spent months in first place after bursting into the primary with high name recognition and a relentlessly positive message. He filmed an ad riding the famous Cyclone roller coaster to tout the city’s comeback, made a show of buying movie tickets with his wife when theaters reopened and took on the powerful teacher’s union over school closures. headtopics.com

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But the city’s steady reopening throughout the spring took some of the wind out of Yang’s sails, and his campaign faltered amid a series of public mistakes that critics said demonstrated what they had feared all along: A candidate who never voted in a mayoral election during his 25 years in the city lacked the municipal know-how for the job.

Sensing the public’s growing concern over crime, Yang adopted a strong anti-crime posture, but it was difficult to wrest the issue from Adams, who boasted 22 years on the police force and spoke openly about being assaulted by cops as a Black teenager in Queens.

The two developed a bitter rivalry, which was on full display during televised debates. Yang has recently taken to questioning Adams’ true residencefollowing a story by POLITICOdetailing confusing answers and botched paperwork about where he lives.Adams and his surrogates went as far as accusing Yang and Garcia of attempted voter suppression of Black New Yorkers by teaming up in the final days of the race. They said their joint appearances were part of a strategy to appeal to one another’s supporters, but Adams slammed the arrangement, at one point invoking poll taxes that were employed to suppress Black votes.

Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia at campaign events. | John Minchillo/AP Photo, Seth Wenig/AP PhotoGarcia, the city sanitation commissioner under de Blasio for seven years, made a surprising surge in her first bid for public office. She was lagging in the polls and facing difficulty fundraising, but the coveted endorsement of the New York Times and Daily News editorial boards helped propel her to the top tier late enough in the race that she did not sustain many negative attacks. In recent weeks, Adams began airing ads attacking her. headtopics.com

Wiley, the leading progressive candidate, competed for attention and endorsements with city Comptroller Scott Stringer and nonprofit CEO Dianne Morales, and didn’t pick up sufficient steam until each of their campaigns imploded.Wiley decided to join the race last summer, as the city was gripped by police accountability protests that matched her passion and experience. But the ground shifted under her and her law enforcement reform agenda did not end up matching the wishes of a majority of voters.

As they chose their candidates Tuesday, voters alsoweighed in on the new voting systemand offered a variety of reactions.“I like having the option," said Shannon Sciaretta, 24, of Queens. “Instead of picking one candidate I can pick a bunch of them, and maybe one of them will stick.”

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Others were less enthused.“I thought the whole thing sucked,” said retiree R. Reiser, 66, after casting his ballot on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “There’s so many candidates and there are so many offices and the information available was really tough to get … You don’t know what anybody stands for.”

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Be an ass you gonna win ass prizes. It's not stunning for those of us who really KNOW the city. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of him winning an election. So why is he so known? Ha. Not even the outsized coverage propping him up worked. This is why the Progressives aren't good at getting results. Utopian goals and torching the Dems to get their way isn't a winning strategy. Only kvetching from the sidelines and being useful idiots for the right wing.

Who won? AndrewYang is not very smart and not a likeable person. No surprise that he lost again. Maybe siding with Israel's campaign of Palestinian genocide wasn't too smart a political move His miss-guided views/comments on Israel's illegal and immoral aggression towards Palestinians was the beginning of the end.

Sad day for NYC. Glad. This guy was the equivalent of Sinema Polls mean nothing here

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So long señor Y. Try San Francisco, maybe? Looking forward to never hearing about this guy ever again

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