It's Primary Night! Which means we'll be seeing results come in for some races, and mayoral candidates will be hosting parties despite the fact that we won't really know who won that seat officially until mid-July at the earliest. We'll be updating below throughout the night with results and dispatches from the leading candidates' parties.

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The BOE started to publish unofficial election night results around 9 p.m., just after polls closed. Here's what it looks like for the mayor's race — Eric Adams in the lead, followed by Maya Wiley and Kathryn Garcia. Andrew Yang was fourth and conceded. (See our interactive map here; and scroll down for results for other races.)


We will not know official results until mid-July. Here's a timeline, courtesy of NYC Votes:
June 22nd: The Board of Elections (BOE) will release 1st-choice rankings from early voting and Election Day. These results will not include absentee ballots. They will also release all in-person results from non-Ranked Choice elections.

June 29th: The BOE will release full Ranked Choice results for in-person votes. These results will not include absentee ballots.

July 6th: The BOE will release full Ranked Choice results for in-person votes and all absentee ballots that have been processed. The BOE will then release updated results each week until winners have been declared. To find election results, visit the Board of Elections' website.


As results start to come in, the leading mayoral candidates will be at their own parties. While Eric Adams, Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, and Maya Wiley are hosting their events in Brooklyn, Ray McGuire, Scott Stringer, and Andrew Yang chose venues in Manhattan. Those will all begin around 9 p.m.


Eric Adams at election night party

Eric Adams at his election night party.

Eric Adams at his election night party.
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At Schimanski, a club near the Williamsburg waterfront, droves of Adams supporters crowded onto the dance floor and eventually broke out in cheers of “The Champ is here” to welcome his arrival to the stage, as results shook out in his favor.
“This is the first early voting count, we know that. We know there’s going to be twos and threes and fours, we know that, but there’s something else we know,” Adams said, “That New York City said, our first choice is Eric Adams.”  The crowd erupted in applause.
His lengthy speech touched on economic development and the pandemic, but he also used it to berate young reporters for putting too much stock in Twitter.

Then, Adams, a former police officer, brought up the heated debate around public safety, which has taken front and center in the mayor’s race. 
“How dare those with their philosophical and their classroom mindset, talking about the theory of policing,” he said. “You don’t know this, I know this. I’m going to keep my city safe.”
Campaign worker Miosotis Munoz, 52, said he was moved to tears by his comments. “The last time I felt this emotional was when Obama won. Me being just a single mom and him knowing what it is to come from the struggle,” she said. “We need safety and we need quality of life and he knows how to make that happen.”

Adams ended his speech by declaring: “I am going to be your mayor." He added, "I want you to believe again. Let’s bring our city back."

Earlier in the night, some journalists who have been critical of Adams claim to have been banned from his party in Williamsburg.

His party also has a VIP room where media is not allowed:


Kathryn Garcia's party

At Kathryn Garcia's party

At Kathryn Garcia's party
Elizabeth Kim / Gothamist

Kathryn Garcia is holding her post-primary party at a spacious event space in Bushwick that is home to her sister’s restaurant Outerspace. The official start time was 9 p.m. and since then a modest crowd have been mingling and snacking on hors d’oeuvres in a courtyard strung with lights.

Reporters and camera crews are set up inside a warehouse space to watch the returns. Her supporters touted the late stage embrace by New Yorkers for the first-time candidate who entered the race with little to no name recognition.  

Danny O’Donnell, an assembly member who represents the Upper West Side, said that when he campaigned on Tuesday afternoon with Garcia in the pouring rain, a group of outdoor diners gave her a standing ovation. “I have never, ever in my life seen any kind of response like that for anyone, with the possible exception of Hillary Clinton, and she was a celebrity,” he said. He later added: “I’m confident that when this is all over she will be our mayor.”

Some of those here are early supporters who knew Garcia prior to her mayoral bid. Jennifer Montalvo, a city employee, said she had worked with Garcia during her stint at NYCHA and as the city’s food czar during the pandemic. She said that she took the day off to canvass for her. “People were really optimistic,” she said. “People definitely know who she is and are excited to go out and vote for her.”

If she wins, Garcia stands to defy political wisdom with the help of ranked-choice voting and a campaign focused on managerial competence. Supporters, however, tempered their expectations around Tuesday night’s results, which they said may not show her in the lead.

“I think she might come in second or even third, but she’s going to be very close to the top,” said Andy, who identified himself as a friend. "And I think she’s going to get a lot of second votes. So I think in the end, she’s going to win.”

UPDATE: Speaking before a crowd of around one hundred supporters, Garcia told them what they already knew: they would not learn who won the primary tonight. “This is going to be about not only the ones but about those twos and threes,” she said. Just before midnight, Garcia is in third place with 20.5% of the vote, just slightly behind Maya Wiley, who has 21.7% of votes. Eric Adams currently sits in the lead with 30.9%.

In many ways, by finishing in the top three, Garcia had already pulled off a victory. During her speech, the first-time candidate thanked her family and grassroots campaign staff, joking that in the beginning she started with only herself and a social media person.

She also spoke of the challenges of her campaign, from being a woman to a non-politician who “could not call in favors.” And she ended her speech by telling the crowd that it was “time to party like it’s 1999,” a reference to a song by one of her favorite artists, Prince. Wearing a white pantsuit, she proceeded to take off her jacket and reveal a gray T-shirt with the word “Feminist” emblazoned on it. She and her family then huddled and dance on stage for several minutes.

Among those in the crowd was Joe Lhota, the Republican mayoral nominee in 2013 who broke ranks with his party to support Garcia. “I wish that were a little closer, but we’ll see how ranked-choice voting works over the next couple of weeks,” he said. Asked how he felt about the new system, he replied: “You know, it’s so new and different. I’m still trying to figure out how it all works.”


Andrew Yang at his party

Andrew Yang conceding at his election night event.

Andrew Yang conceding at his election night event.
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At the Yotel on 10th Avenue and 42nd Street, Yang supporters strolled in at about 9 p.m. for the candidate's official election night party. Guests were asked to show their vaccination card before they were allowed in, and given a bracelet and free drink as they were ushered in.

Supporters and volunteers for Yang hung around the bar and ate hot dogs as they began to see preliminary election night results trickle in. By 10 p.m., Yang had been trailing behind Adams, Garcia, and Wiley.

One supporter, Emerson Schoichet-Barrtus, came to the party not expecting final results. “We’re not gonna know until July, probably, because all the absentee ballots have to come and they have to get people’s second, and third, fourth. I think people generally on election night want the results immediately but that’s not realistic. And then in this race even more so because it’s ranked."

Others at the party were less optimistic.

UPDATE: Just before 11 p.m., Yang conceded, saying based on the numbers they were seeing tonight, he would not be the next mayor of NYC.

He appeared at the fourth floor rooftop bar at Yotel to announce he was conceding. Flanked by his wife and state Senator John Liu, once a mayoral candidate, Yang acknowledged that the numbers simply did not carve a path to victory.

“I am not going to be the next mayor of New York City based upon the numbers that have come in,” Yang said. “We’re not sure ultimately who the next mayor is going to be.”

Yang had garnered just 11% of first-choice voters, with Adams, Wiley, and Garcia, ahead.

One supporter was overcome by tears and many more celebrated Yang’s historic run for City Hall where, despite his loss, pulled in a sizable number of donors to his race. But Yang’s late-day entry into New York City politics, and moderate lane he took, could not help him seal a win.Yang spoke for 10 minutes before he was ushered out of the Yotel, shaking hands with supporters.


As early results showed her just behind Kathryn Garcia for second place, Maya Wiley and her supporters twisted and twirled across an events space in Crown Heights on Tuesday night. The former de Blasio administration lawyer, who has emerged in recent weeks as the leading liberal candidate, arrived shortly after 10 p.m. to chants of "Maya" and a soundtrack heavy on Beyonce.

Campaign officials told Gothamist they weren't expecting significant take-aways on this election night — and we're really here to party. "We’re not going to know. We’re going to go through the cycles," spokesperson Julia Savel told Gothamist. "It would be ludicrous for anyone trying to claim victory tonight."

Wiley has benefitted from a string of prominent progressive endorsers in recent weeks, none bigger than Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Those in attendance on Tuesday included State Senator Michael Gianaris, Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee Michael Blake, and Councilmember Steve Levin.

Grant Colon, a 37-year-old consultant and Wiley supporter, said he was thrilled that the city had adopted ranked choice voting. "It gave people the ability to not feel like they had to vote for Yang or Adams today as the two frontrunners," Colon said.

As he looked on at the TV showing the election returns, George Albro, co-chair of New York Progressive Action Network, said the early returns painted a promising picture for progressive candidates across the city."

[Comptroller candidate Brad] Lander is winning, Maya is in third or maybe second and has a great shot, the council races are going very well, [Manhattan District Attorney candidate Alvin] Bragg is ahead," Albro said. "We know enough to say that reports of the death of the progressive movement are greatly exaggerated."

UPDATE: After 11 p.m. Wiley moved into second place, edging out Garcia for now.


Last updated 10:40 p.m. on June 22nd:


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