Adams, the current Brooklyn Borough president and a former state senator and police captain, had been the overwhelming favorite to win the general election after emerging victorious from a fierce primary battle in July.
Known for his more moderate stances, Adams defeated former New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, former New York City Hall legal adviser Maya Wiley and entrepreneur Andrew Yang . That race largely was fought over divisions regarding the “defund the police” movement and a rise in crime. Adams campaigned heavily on expanding the police presence in the city.
The ultimate winner of that race was expected to coast to victory in November due to Democrats’ roughly seven-to-one voter registration advantage over Republicans in deep-blue New York City.
Adams is replacing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who is forbidden by term limits from running for reelection.