The main Democratic candidates for mayor barnstormed the Big Apple to offer voters their closing pitches on Friday as a brand new Post ballot exhibits the June 22 contest happening to the wire.
The paper’s front-page survey of 1,000 likely primary voters confirmed 21 p.c backing Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in the primary spherical, giving him a slim lead over Maya Wiley and Kathryn Garcia, who’re just about tied for second place.
“I don’t listen to polls but I’d rather they be on my heel than I’m on their heel. My message has resonated,” Adams stated at a rally in Harlem — his first cease on a day that might additionally see him hit occasions in The Bronx, Brooklyn and Tribeca. “When you look at the cross section of support that I have put together, even my worst critic must say this guy is doing it right.”
Garcia and Wiley — who polled at 16 and 17 p.c in the primary spherical, respectively — crisscrossed the 5 boroughs, too.
The former Sanitation commissioner talked up her technique to win by nabbing as many votes as doable throughout the later rounds of voting, as she greeted voters outdoors a grocery retailer in Sheepshead Bay shortly earlier than midday.
“This gonna be a competitive race to the finish, but we feel really strong,” she stated. “Not only with our number one votes, but with a broad spectrum of number two votes.”
It was one in all a staggering 9 marketing campaign stops and media appearances that Garcia made Friday — greater than another high contender in the race.
Wiley’s day began in Brooklyn, too, with a rally outdoors of the Central Library on Grand Army Plaza, the place acquired the endorsement of a distinguished minister, Kirsten John Foy.
There, the progressive ex-advisor Mayor de Blasio continued her assaults on Adams over his stance on policing and his restricted help of cease and frisk.
“Eric Adams has said — and he said it a year ago and he has said it on this campaign trail — that he will bring back stop and frisk. It’s a matter of public record,” Wiley stated. “I’m not calling him anything.”
She left that to Foy, who stepped to the mics and known as Adams a “coward.”
“You want to attack a black woman who is an accomplished civil rights attorney an accomplished educator, a woman who was a counsel to the mayor you want to attack a black woman instead of affirming your own record? You’re a coward,” he informed the assembled press.
When pressed on the path, Adams labeled Wiley’s assaults as a “smear.”
“We need to get off her talking point and stay on point,” he stated. “Eric is not going to allow the police to abuse their powers because I know those powers, because I did the job.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Yang tried to get his once-highflying candidacy again on monitor as he hit 5 spots throughout town — arguing that voting for Adams, Wiley or Garcia can be tantamount to giving a 3rd time period to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is deeply unpopular.
His marketing campaign has questioned the accuracy of a string of current polls which have shown Yang sliding into fourth place, amid a slew of gaffes that raised new questions on his information of civic affairs.
“They’re not coming out to vote for the first time because they want a third term of Bill de Blasio,” Yang stated in Queens. “They don’t want more of the same. So we feel great.”
The primaries are the primary citywide elections to make use of the Big Apple’s new rank choice voting system.
That means New Yorkers will be capable to choose their desire of as much as 5 candidates operating for mayor and different positions in metropolis authorities — and the ballots can be tallied by first, second, third, fourth and fifth alternative, eliminating the necessity for runoff elections.
How to vote in NYC’s main:
- New Yorkers can solid ballots over the past two days of early voting on Saturday and Sunday
- Head to the polls on Primary Day, June 22
- Absentee ballots should be mailed and postmarked by June 22
Additional reporting by David Hollerith and Len La Rocca