July 7 (UPI) -- Eric Adams declared victory Tuesday night in the race to become the Democratic Party's nominee for the mayor of New York.
In a statement, the former police captain and president of the Brooklyn borough called his nomination an historic win brought about by a "five-borough coalition led by working class New Yorkers."
"Now, we must focus on winning in November so that we can deliver on the promise of this great city for those who are struggling, who are underserved and who are committed to a safe, fair, affordable future for all New Yorkers," he said.
According to an unofficial tally of votes published by the New York City Board of Elections, Adams has secured 50.5% of the vote to former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia's 49.5% with few ballots left to be counted.
Tuesday night's tally included more than 124,000 Democratic absentee ballots that saw Garcia chip away at Adams' lead but not enough to surpass him.
Garcia issued a statement Tuesday night stating she would make remarks Wednesday morning, The Washington Post reported.
The election is the first time the city has employed ranked-voting where voters select and rank as many as five candidates. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes during the first round of counting, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. Voters who cast their ballot for the now-removed candidate see their second-choice candidate receive that vote.
Polls in the election closed June 22.
Adams is now seen as the favorite to become the next mayor of New York City in the November election against the Republican primary winner Curtis Silwa, a talk show host and founder of the Guardian Angels crime prevention group.