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Mayoral Certainty: Defund Takes a Deserved Defeat

Posted 6/25/21

Notwithstanding the slim possibility that the combination of ranked-choice voting and up to 220,000 uncounted absentee ballots could propel Maya Wiley past Eric Adams to victory in the Democratic primary for Mayor, it seemed indisputable that the preliminary tally of first-place votes represented a ringing rejection of the Defund the Police movement here.

With 84 percent of the in-person ballots tallied, you could couple Ms. Wiley's 22.3 percent share of the vote with the 5 percent for Scott Stringer, 2.8 percent for Dianne Morales and 2.2 percent for Shaun Donovan and still wind up with just 32.3 percent for the four contenders who have called for major cuts in the NYPD budget over the past year.

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