How Kathryn Garcia Defied the Odds But Came Up Just Short

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Kathryn Garcia (photo: @KGforNYC)


When the New York City Board of Elections certified the results of the 2021 Democratic primary for mayor on Tuesday, it showed Kathryn Garcia losing to Eric Adams by just 7,197 votes. In the first citywide election using ranked-choice voting, the primary likely to determine the next mayor was decided by a difference of only 0.8%, with just over 942,000 Democratic votes cast.

Garcia conceded the race two weeks prior, on July 7, congratulating Eric Adams for his win after she had defied virtually all expectations and odds — like the money spent helping Adams win more than doubling that spent in her favor — to come within that one percentage point. “While it is only by a razor thin margin, Eric Adams will be the winner of the Democratic primary,” Garcia said, before thanking campaign staff, family, and any New York voter who shared in the…

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