Andrew Yang has conceded in the New York City mayoral Democratic primary, the political hopeful and entrepreneur announced on Tuesday night. The concession will be a blow to Yang, who also lost the race to become the Democratic nominee for president in 2020.
New York City’s mayoral Democratic primary took the form of ranked-choice voting, which means voters were allowed to select and rank as many as five candidates in order of preference. As NBC New York reports, with 84% of precincts reporting, Yang made it only as high as fourth place with 12% of the vote.
Announcing his concession on Tuesday night, Yang said:
I am not going to be the mayor of New York City based upon the numbers that have come in tonight. I am conceding this race. Though we’re not sure who the next mayor is going to be, but whoever that person is, I will be very happy to work with them to improve the lives of the 8.3 million people who live in our great city and I encourage everyone here to do the same.
As of the time of this writing, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough president and a retired police officer, is in the lead for the mayoral Democratic primary with 32% of the vote and 84% of precincts reporting.
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