Eric Adams during his election night party in Williamsburg. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

June 27, 2021 – Updated: 8:34 P.M.

(NEW YORK CITY) — Eric Adams has a wide preliminary lead over his Democratic opponents in the ranked-choice primary election for New York City mayor.

Adams is the first choice of more than 31 percent of Democratic voters, with the vast majority of Election Day ballots counted, according to the Board of Elections.

Maya Wiley is more than nine points behind at about 22 percent, and Kathryn Garcia is at about 20 percent.

Andrew Yang, who conceded on Tuesday evening, trailed well behind them in fourth place, and Scott Stringer ended a distant fifth. But absentee ballots will not be counted for days, and neither will voters’ second, third, fourth, and fifth preferences.

Though Adams’s lead looks difficult to surmount, the winner may not be known for weeks. The next round of voting calculations will begin on June 29.

123,000 absentee ballots still need to be counted

The city Board of Elections reported Saturday that 123,340 absentee ballots remain to be counted in the Democratic mayoral primary, including 39,000 ballots in Manhattan, where frontrunner Eric Adams did not win.

That means that both Kathryn Garcia, who got the post first-ranked votes in Manhattan, and Maya Wiley still have a chance to win, if voters ranked them ahead of Adams in the remaining rounds.

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