Eric Adams, Maya Wiley and Scott Stringer also arrived with a lot of noise. The Adams campaign has big speakers mounted on a pickup truck that boom music from across the street and drown out pretty much everything else. He also has a drum line.
The Democratic primary for New York City mayor is on Tuesday, June 22nd, but it could be a while before voters know the winner.
By the end of polling night, New Yorkers should know which candidate is in first place among the votes cast that day and in the early poll. But the postal vote isn’t due for another week, and voters have time to “heal” any problems that arise – experts say New Yorkers won’t know the final results until the week of July 12th.
There is also a new fold this year: For the first time, the city is relying on rankings for a mayor’s race.
If a candidate does not initially achieve more than 50 percent of the votes, the ranking list comes into play. The last-placed candidate will be eliminated in a series of rounds, with that candidate’s votes being allocated to the candidate his followers will place next. There are 13 candidates on the ballot and the rounds continue until only two remain, with the winner being the one who gets the majority of the votes.
The electoral board plans to conduct the leaderboard selection once a week while absentee votes are counted to further extend the time until a winner is announced.
In ranking votes in other cities, the candidate who was ahead in the first ballot usually prevailed. There were exceptions, however, including the 2010 mayoral election in Oakland, California, in which Jean Quan won despite finishing second in the first ballot.
The Republican mayor area code is easier. There are two candidates – Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, and Fernando Mateo, an entrepreneur – and we should know the winner on election day.
The general election is on November 2nd.
Dianne Morales greeted her supporters, whose ranks are much smaller and more subdued than some of the other candidates here. She said she plans to continue to focus on “the lived experiences of real New Yorkers” tonight.
One of the candidates, Shaun Donovan, came here a few minutes ago and greeted his supporters, who responded with chants of “Go, Shaun, Go”. Ray McGuire next showed up when the fans shouted “Ray for Mayor”.
Hi, I’m Mihir Zaveri from The New York Times, in front of the WNBC television studios in Rockefeller Center, which has a loud scene long before the debate is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Supporters of each candidate are gathered outside, playing music, singing and holding signs. The Candidates are expected to arrive shortly.
Six days before the Democratic primary, which will almost certainly determine the next New York City mayor, the contest seems highly unpredictable, although two clear lines of candidates – and one apparent front runner – have emerged.
Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams is widely viewed as the front runner in the running, with strong support among black voters and a public safety-focused message that appears to have resonated across much of the city.
But party strategists, advisors on a number of campaigns, and polls all suggest that at least three other candidates are also top candidates: Kathryn Garcia, a former hygiene officer; Maya D. Wiley, a former attorney for Mayor Bill de Blasio; and Andrew Yang, a former presidential candidate.
In the debate tonight, Raymond J. McGuire, a former Citi executive; Scott M. Stringer, the city’s auditor; Shaun Donovan, a former federal building minister; and Dianne Morales, a former non-profit executive, are also expected on stage and could achieve standout moments.
The fluid nature of the competition comes with uncertainties about how the ranked election will affect outcome, as well as major questions about what voters will ultimately look like in a June primary after a pandemic.
The closing debate can be the last big chance for candidates to break out or rearrange the race.
The closing debate among the leading Democratic candidates for New York City mayor will take place on Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
After last week’s debate, which saw only five of the top contenders appearing, eight contestants will return to the stage: Eric Adams, Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Raymond J. McGuire, Dianne Morales, Scott M. Stringer, Maya Wiley and Andrew Yang.
The event is happening because around 64,000 New Yorkers have already cast their votes since the early voting began on Saturday. Limited polls available suggest that the race has developed around a few candidates, but it also shows that some voters are undecided.
It will be the last high-profile opportunity for voters to hear candidates discuss their policies and visions of recovery ahead of the June 22nd primary.
Here are some of the ways you can watch and keep track of the debate:
New York Times reporters will provide commentary and analysis throughout the debate.
The first hour of the debate will be televised on WNBC. The full event will be available on NBC’s streaming platforms and on the network’s channels on Apple TV and Roku.
A Spanish-language program from the very beginning will be shown on Telemundo (channel 47). The entire debate will be broadcast on the network’s website.
NYC Life TV will broadcast both hours of the debate on Channel 25.1.
Other streams are often available on YouTube.
An earlier version of this article stated that the New York Times website would be broadcasting a live stream of the fourth Democratic Debate. It will not.