Adams maintains lead for mayor after absentee votes counted

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams maintained a narrow lead over the field of would-be New York City mayors Tuesday, as newly counted absentee ballots failed to give his rivals enough support to knock him from the top.

Adams got 50.5% after eight rounds of voting and former city Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia got 49.5%.

But the Democratic primary remained too close to immediately call: No candidate won an overwhelming majority on Election Day and the use of a new ranked-choice voting system, which allows voters to rank up to five candidates, makes close elections harder to decipher.

The decision could come down to just a few thousand ballots that the

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