New York – Fresh off the final debate of the Democratic primary, the candidate is back on the campaign trail today.
“It’s a wonderful moment for New York, where he was endorsed by former governor David Patterson,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced at an event in Harlem.
In the Bronx, Andrew Yang gave more details of his plan to give $2,000 cash to each New Yorker.
“This campaign is an opportunity to bring about fundamental change in New York City,” he said.
Kathryn Garcia, former city sanitation commissioner, held an event to talk about metro safety, saying: “I’m prioritizing problem-solving over political fights,”
The other five major Democratic candidates also tried to woo any and all undecided voters across the city.
But some, like Robbie and Tommy Burns, say that after a previous argument, they felt they had finally listened enough.
“I watched the debate last night, yes,” said Robbie. “I think it changed [my choices] very lightly.”
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She and her husband were among hundreds of people who turned out for early voting Day 6 at their Upper East Side polling site at Marymount College.
As of Thursday morning, nearly 84,000 New Yorkers had voted early. This is out of a total of more than 3.7 million registered Democrats and approximately 566,000 registered Republicans.
One voter who ranked García as his top choice had this theory about the low turnout: “Because nobody understands what this whole thing is with ranked voting, and people don’t know until the last minute.” Let’s wait if they can.”
This is the first citywide race in which ranked voting has taken place on the ballot, and a majority of voters who spoke to Granthshala 5 NY said they liked the new system.
“I liked it for mayor because I think there were really good candidates,” said one voter.
It is also the first time that early voting for the mayoral primary has been held in the city. In general, non-presidential elections have lower primary turnout, says Democratic strategist Jack DiLemoni, but that number is much lower than many predicted.
“Despite a lot of coverage of the mayor’s race and a lot of characters and interesting stories and big names, some people aren’t excited about it,” he said.
And he says with just five days left until the race is over, many people still haven’t made up their mind.
“You have somewhere between 15-20 percent of voters who are still undecided about running for mayor,” Dilemony said.
Early voting continues till Sunday evening.