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).