Left-wing Councilman Brad Lander maintained a slender lead over Metropolis Council Speaker Corey Johnson, preliminary election outcomes launched Wednesday present.
With absentee ballots nonetheless but to be factored in, Lander stands 3.8 p.c above Johnson within the Democratic comptroller main after 10 rounds of town’s new immediate runoff tabulation system, in line with the brand new unofficial tally.
Simply 21,132 votes separate the pair of Council members with about 125,000 mail-in ballots that haven’t but been counted, leaving the race undecided.
The outcomes come after the June 22 Election Day, when Lander held a 8.5 p.c lead, with simply first selection votes and 96 p.c of poll scanners reported.
Although the race tightened as voters’ second by fifth decisions had been factored into the outcomes, Lander’s marketing campaign insisted it was “assured” its lead would develop as soon as absentee votes are counted.
“After yesterday’s debacle with extra check ballots, the NYC Board of Elections’ new run at a primary tabulation of the ranked selection vote allocation reveals that Brad Lander continues to steer the race for NYC Comptroller by 3.8%,” mentioned marketing campaign supervisor Chris Walsh in an announcement.
“We look ahead to each vote being counted and proceed to be assured that absentee ballots will widen Brad’s lead.”
Wednesday’s outcomes adopted the Board of Election’s poll botching on Tuesday, when the physique included check leads to the tally, resulting in a big discrepancy between election evening ballots and the votes within the outcomes launched the week after.
The colossal screw up ignited one more spherical of calls to reform the beleaguered BOE, which has been helmed by its “catastrophe” deputy since March, The Submit reported Wednesday.
Within the Democratic comptroller main race, the front-running Johnson picked up a collection of main endorsements, together with from town’s trainer’s union, Resort Trades Council, town’s constructing service staff’ union and the union representing transportation staff.
However Lander quickly speedily drove up his standing within the polls, as he obtained endorsements from key left-wingers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, in addition to the New York Instances editorial board.
Johnson — who throughout the marketing campaign confronted assaults from Lander and former monetary journalist Michelle Caruso-Cabrera — entered the comptroller race in March, after dropping his mayoral bid, citing melancholy and psychological well being challenges. Regardless of his former mayoral hopeful standing, the Council speaker in a June 20 debate mentioned he wouldn’t run to steer Metropolis Corridor if he was elected comptroller.