Progressive Councilman Brad Lander held a big first-choice vote lead over Speaker Corey Johnson within the race for metropolis comptroller, based on late election outcomes.
With 96 p.c of ballots counted, Lander held an 8.5 p.c lead over Johnson, a former mayoral hopeful who dropped out of rivalry final September, citing psychological well being points.
Lander had earned 31.34 p.c of the first-choice vote (220,478), whereas Johnson obtained 22.51 p.c (158,563).
However the race shouldn’t be but sealed, because the counting of votes within the ranked-choice voting race will proceed within the coming weeks, as a result of not one of the candidates reached 50 p.c of the primary spherical vote essential to clinch the first.
Johnson, who stated Sunday throughout a debate he wouldn’t run for mayor if he have been to be elected to be town’s prime bean counter, in the course of the race picked up the endorsement of the lion’s share of main metropolis unions such because the UFT and Resort Trades Council, together with fellow members of the Metropolis Council.
Lander received the progressive nods with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez giving him the thumbs up, in addition to stamps of approval from Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and different left-wingers. .
Behind the pack, monetary journalist and former Republican Michelle Caruso-Cabrera got here in third within the first spherical, with 13.8 p.c of the vote, whereas state legislative lawmakers David Weprin, Brian Benjamin and Kevin Parker registered beneath 8 p.c as of 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.