Andrew Yang, the former 2020 presidential candidate and businessman, dropped out of the New York mayoral race on Tuesday evening, as votes among other Democratic candidates continued to be counted.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams led Tuesday night, according to preliminary results.
It was the first time the city had used preferential voting, which allowed voters to select and rank up to five candidates. Democrats had a crowded pitch, but whoever wins the primary is likely to win the November general election as Democrats outnumber Republicans in the city. However, the results may not be known for a week.
Yang was in fourth place with 11% of the vote and 86% of the reporting constituencies, according to the local electoral board.
NY1, a local newscast, projected that Curtis Sliwa, a 1970s radio host and anti-crime activist, would be the Republican candidate.
Yang withdrew in a neutral tone.
“I’m a numbers guy, I’m someone who fiddles with what’s going on with the numbers, and I won’t be the next mayor of New York – based on the numbers that came in tonight,” he said. he declared to his supporters.
“I concede this race, although we don’t know who the next mayor will be, I will be very happy to work with them to help improve the lives of the 8.3 million people who live in our city.”
No other Democrat in the race had conceded Tuesday night. Outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, has a limited term.
Adams had about 31 percent of the vote. Civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley was at 22%, while former city sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia was close behind at around 21%.
Yang was the top favorite but slipped in the polls and was replaced by Adams, a former New York Police Department captain.
City comptroller Scott Stringer – who has been the subject of sexual misconduct charges which he strongly denies – and former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, who overtook the rest of the estate and secured the support from celebrities like Jay-Z, are also in the race.