Election 2021: Close race for NJ governor, NYC chooses a new mayor

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NEW YORK (WABC) — Former police captain Eric Adams easily won the race for New York City mayor, but New Jersey Governor’s race was too close to call as of midnight.

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NEW YORK CITY

 

NYC MAYORAL RACE

Democratic Eric Adams easily won the race for New York City mayor.

Former New York City police captain and Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams, a Democrat, was heavily favored over Republican Curtis Sliwa in Tuesday’s race to become the next mayor of the biggest U.S. city.

Adams, who will be the city’s second Black mayor, ran as a moderate in a crowded primary field.

Sliwa, founder of 1970s-era Guardian Angel anti-crime patrol, conceded the race, saying he would support the new mayor.

WATCH | Eric Adams’ full victory speech:

MANHATTAN DA’S RACE

Civil rights lawyer and former federal prosecutor Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, is projected to become Manhattan’s first Black district attorney after defeating Republican attorney Thomas Kenniff.

Bragg was heavily favored in a part of the city where Democrats drastically outnumber Republicans.

He will succeed retiring District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and take on high-profile cases including the prosecution of former President Donald Trump’s company and its longtime finance chief on tax fraud charges.

Bragg has promised to improve transparency and trust and look to alternatives to prosecution for some low-level offenses.

Kenniff, a former prosecutor, had said he’d be a “more traditional” tough-on-crime prosecutor.

NYC COMPTROLLER RACE

Brad Lander, a three-term New York City councilman, is projected to win the New York City Comptroller race against Republican Daby Carreras.

“New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly for a just and equitable recovery, a thriving city that works for all neighborhoods, and one that’s more prepared for crises to come. As New York City’s next Comptroller – our budget watchdog, pension fiduciary, and chief accountability officer – I’ll fight hard every day to build that city,” Lander said.

STATEN ISLAND BOROUGH PRESIDENT

Former U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella is trying to make a political comeback in a run for the partly ceremonial Office of Staten Island Borough President.

Fossella left Congress in 2009 following a 2008 drunken driving arrest and revelations he had fathered a child during an extramarital affair in Virginia. At the time, he was New York City’s only Republican in Congress.

He received a key endorsement from former President Donald Trump, who remains popular in some parts of the Republican-leaning borough.

Fossella is competing against businessman Mark. S. Murphy, a Democrat, and Conservative Party candidate Leticia Remauro.

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NEW JERSEY

 

NEW JERSEY GUBERNATORIAL RACE

Democratic incumbent Phil Murphy was trying to win reelection against Republican former State Assembly member Jack Ciattarelli in a race that was also too early to call..

If successful, Murphy would be the first Democrat reelected as the state’s governor in 44 years.

NEW JERSEY LEGISLATURE

All 120 seats in New Jersey’s Legislature were on the ballot, and with them Democratic control of the Assembly and Senate.

Democrats control the Assembly with 52 seats to Republicans’ 28. In the Senate, Democrats have 25 seats to the Republicans’ 15. Republicans haven’t controlled the Legislature in two decades.

New Jersey’s Legislature consists of 40 districts, which each send one senator and two Assembly members to Trenton. Assembly members serve two-year terms, while senators serve four-year terms except for the first election after the census, which comes this year, when they serve two-year terms.

NEW JERSEY BALLOT QUESTIONS

Voters were asked two questions this year. One asked whether to allow betting on New Jersey college teams or teams from other states whose games are played in New Jersey.

A separate question asked whether organizations that are permitted to hold raffles should be able to keep the money to support themselves.

Currently, only veterans and senior citizen groups may use the net proceeds from those games to support their groups. Other groups that are permitted to conduct raffles may use the proceeds from those games only for certain purposes.

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VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RACE

A tight race for governor unfolded between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin in a campaign that has become partly a referendum on President Joe Biden’s first year in office.

McAuliffe addressed supporters in the Washington suburbs, vowing to “count all these votes.”

Kristin Davison, an aide to Youngkin, appeared onstage at a separate event and said his campaign would continue to track the incoming votes but was pleased with the way things appeared to be headed.

The evening’s results, though, may ultimately be interpreted as an early judgment of Biden, who captured Virginia last year by a comfortable 10-point margin and easily won New Jersey. The closeness of governor’s races indicated just how much his party’s political fortunes have changed in a short period.

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