Democratic candidate Eric Adams won the New York mayoral election on Tuesday night, firmly beating Republican challenger and “Guardian Angels” founder Curtis Sliwa in a race to determine who will lead the most populous city in the country.
Adams, the current Brooklyn Borough president, has been overwhelmingly favored to win the election since defeating 12 other Democratic candidates in a primary election over the summer. There are seven times more registered Democrats than Republicans in New York.
ELECTION DAY: VIRGINIA AND NEW JERSEY HOLD KEY GOVERNOR ELECTIONS SEEN AS REFERENDUM BIDEN: LIVE
Former police captain, Adams will become the second black mayor in New York history. He’s vowed to crack down on violent crime while revising law enforcement tactics, though he has resisted calls by some city Democrats to “define” the police.
Adams will also be tasked with leading New York City’s ongoing economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many businesses to shut down for months. As the economy reopens, businesses try to meet new challenges posed by opposition to vaccination mandates and a continuing labor shortage.
An increase in crime during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the key issue for the mayoral campaign, with both candidates pledging their tactics to result in less gun violence and safer streets.
Sliwa called for increased funding and hiring for the New York City Police Department and sought to portray Adams as a close ally of incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is stepping down due to the limitation of the mandate. The founder of the Guardian Angels has also spoken out against vaccination warrants for public workers and a requirement for proof of vaccination for customers in restaurants and entertainment venues, which Adams supports.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
A final debate between the two candidates turned heated last month, with Adams and Sliwa exchanging personal attacks. Poll data showed Adams had a significant lead in the days leading up to the election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.