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Eric Adams Has Won New York City's Democratic Mayoral Primary

The Brooklyn Borough president will likely be the next mayor of the country’s largest city.

Last updated on July 6, 2021, at 8:35 p.m. ET

Posted on July 6, 2021, at 2:01 p.m. ET

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Brooklyn Borough president and mayoral candidate Eric Adams.

Eric Adams won the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City on Tuesday, becoming the next person who will likely lead the country’s largest city.

For the first time, New York City used ranked-choice voting to decide the mayoral primaries. This allowed voters to rank up to five candidates. When the city tabulates the votes, the least-ranked candidate is eliminated and their votes are reapportioned to each ballot’s next choice. That process is repeated until one candidate exceeds 50%.

The city, however, had to retract one preliminary tabulation of votes because of errors in the data it released (officials said the cause was the failure to delete data from a test run).

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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