Minneapolis’ rejection of a referendum to replace their police department will not end the conversation over reforming law enforcement there. Voters largely agreed that policing needs to change. They were less sure about how to do it.
The New Jersey governor’s race is proving tough to read. Many counties show great results for Republicans; others seem quite good for the Democrats. And there’s very little information on whether or where mail ballots have been counted.
Reporting from Virginia
In the reddest part of Virginia, its southwestern coal country, Youngkin is getting a slightly higher percentage of the vote than Trump did in several counties in 2020. 80-85+ percent tonight.
Reporting from Atlanta
In Atlanta, front-runner Felicia Moore, the city council president and a longtime critic of former mayor Kasim Reed, will advance to a runoff. But Mr. Reed and councilman Andre Dickens are fighting for the No. 2 spot.
BUFFALO, N.Y. —Mayor Byron W. Brown of Buffalo, an incumbent four-term Democrat, declared victory on Tuesday night in his write-in campaign to defeat his own party’s official nominee, India Walton. But Ms. Walton refused to concede.
The results were far from final in a race that drew national attention for reflecting the ideological schism in the Democratic Party: With nearly 70 percent of the vote counted, about 60 percent of the votes so far were marked for “write-In,” and many of those could eventually translate into votes for Brown, though that process of counting will be laborious and could take weeks to finish.
Ms. Walton, a democratic socialist who had earned the endorsements of some of the nation’s best-known progressives, said on Tuesday night that “every vote needs to be counted” and railed against the Brown campaign, which did not reject support from Republicans, a small cohort in this heavily Democratic city.
“Right now it’s ‘Walton’ against ‘Write In,’ whoever that is,” she said. “Who Write-In is remains to be seen.”
Indeed, there is at least one other write-in candidate who has actively campaigned — Benjamin Carlisle, a former Democrat. Ballots marked “write-in” will have to be checked individually to see which candidate — Mr. Brown, Mr. Carlisle, or others — is indicated. And absentee ballots will not be tallied until mid-November.
Still, the results on Tuesday seemed to boost the hopes and mood of Mr. Brown, who lost to Ms. Walton in a Democratic primary in June, after running a lackluster campaign.
“They said it was impossible to win as a write-in, but you can never count a Buffalonian out,” said Mr. Brown said to a raucous crowd at a downtown event, adding he would find a way to thank all his voters “over the next four years.”
“This hasn’t been easy,” he said. “But it’s been worth it.”
The political oddity of a potent write-in campaign and a battle pitting moderates versus progressives inside the Democratic Party turned this city’s usually lackluster mayoral race into one of the most closely watched contests in the nation.
Mr. Brown, 63, was seeking a fifth term, trying to cobble together a varied coalition of conservative and moderate Democratic supporters, as well as managing the vicissitudes of a write-in campaign, including spending $100,000 to buy specially made rubber stamps to allow voters to ink his name on ballots.
On Tuesday, such a process didn’t seem to discourage Brown supporters like Fred Heinle, 66, who voted for the mayor and said, “Byron Brown has done a lot of tremendous things for the city.
“Has he been perfect? No,” said Mr. Heinle, who is retired. “But he’s done some wonderful very good things for the city to be proud of.”
In her remarks, Ms. Walton accused Mr. Brown of betraying the Democratic Party and benefiting from deep-pocketed donors who poured money through independent expenditure committees. And indeed, some local Republican officials — who are badly outnumbered in voter registration in Buffalo and did not even field a candidate for mayor — did voice support for Mr. Brown’s campaign.
“Buffalo is a Democratic city,” Ms. Walton said on Tuesday night. “And what we have seen is my opponent actively cooperating and colluding with Republicans and dark money to defeat a person who was going to be a champion for the little guy.”
A win for Mr. Brown — the city’s first Black mayor and a lifelong Democratic centrist — would be a stinging rebuke for the progressive wing of his party, which had celebrated Ms. Walton’s unlikely victory in June.
In many ways, Ms. Walton’s candidacy has underscored a deeper rift in the Democratic Party, which has seen moderates like President Biden and Eric Adams, who easily won his election for New York City mayor on Tuesday, repeatedly scuffle with more left-leaning candidates and elected officials.
Since winning in June, Ms. Walton had drawn the support of a bevy of prominent national progressives, including Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as well as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx but traveled to Buffalo in late October to campaign on Ms. Walton’s behalf.
She had also begun to draw the support of more Democratic establishment figures, including both of the state’s U.S. senators — Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand — who could face challengers from the left in future election cycles.
Still, Ms. Walton was not uniformly embraced by state party leadership, as Gov. Kathy Hochul — a Buffalo native — and Jay S. Jacobs, the chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, declined to endorse her.
In the closing weeks of the campaign, Mr. Jacobs had come under particular fire after suggesting Ms. Walton’s win in the primary was akin to an infamous white supremacist, David Duke, winning his party’s nomination. (Mr. Jacobs, who heard calls for his resignation, later apologized.)
Ms. Walton, 39, was tying to become the first woman and first Black woman to lead New York’s second largest city, as well as the first socialist to lead a major American city in decades. A first-time candidate, she has an evocative life story as a single mother and labor organizer — a narrative that she leaned on in advertisements, some of which were paid for by groups like the Working Families Party, a labor-backed organization that often supports progressive candidates.
She had run an energetic primary campaign, surprising Mr. Brown, who largely refused to acknowledge her candidacy, having won past campaigns comfortably in a city in which Democrats far outnumber Republicans.
The mayor’s blasé attitude changed radically, however, after Ms. Walton’s win, as he announced his write-in campaign and attempted a legal push to get himself put on the ballot. That effort failed after a pair of judges ruled against Mr. Brown in September, leaving Ms. Walton the only candidate whose name was on the ballot.
As the campaign continued, political observers here repeatedly suggested that Mr. Brown could be a favorite, if only because of his 16 years in office and widespread name recognition.
But on Tuesday, some of Ms. Walton’s supporters said they both liked her policies and had tired of Mr. Brown’s long time in office.
“No one is owed a position in public service,” said Matthew L. Schwartz, 37, social worker in Buffalo. “I don’t understand why he feels he has the pulse of the community.”
Mr. Brown seemed confident in the days before the election, joking on Sunday about the potentially notable nature of his win as well as his rubber stamps.
“There’s a growing feeling,” he said, “that the stamps are going to become collectors’ items.”
Lauren D’Avolio and Dan Higgins contributed reporting from Buffalo.
Reporting from Northern Virginia
In Great Falls, Mont., Mayor Bob Kelly cruised to re-election over his challenger, Fred Burow. Mr. Kelly is a supporter of the local effort to create a National Heritage Area. Mr. Burrow has opposed the proposal and trumpeted disinformation about it.
Brad Lander will be New York City’s next comptroller, according to the AP. He and his ally, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, are are expected to form a left-leaning coalition, possibly in opposition to Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who is closer to the political center.
BOSTON — Michelle Wu, who entered public service out of frustration with the obstacles that her immigrant family faced, will be the next mayor of Boston, pledging to make the city a proving ground for progressive policy.
Buoyed by support from the city’s young, left-leaning voters and by Black, Asian and Latino residents, Ms. Wu, 36, soundly defeated City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George.
Ms. Essaibi George, who ran as a pragmatic centrist in the style of former Mayor Martin J. Walsh, had the backing of the city’s traditional power centers, like its police, its trade unions and its working-class Irish American neighborhoods.
“From every corner of our city, Boston has spoken,” Ms. Wu said, to a jubilant crowd in the city’s South End. “We are ready to meet the moment. We are ready to be a Boston for everyone.”
Conceding the race, Ms. Essaibi George said, “I want to offer a great big congratulations to Michelle Wu.”
“She is the first woman, first person of color, and as an Asian American, the first elected to be mayor of Boston,” she said. “I know this is no small feat.”
Ms. Wu — who grew up outside Chicago and moved to the Boston area to attend Harvard — was an unusual candidate for this city, and her victory sets a number of precedents. Upon taking office later this month, she will be the only Asian American mayor in a large U.S. city outside California and Texas.
Ms. Wu is the first woman and the first person of color to be elected mayor in Boston, which has been led by an unbroken string of Irish American or Italian American men since the 1930s. Kim Janey, a Black woman, has served as acting mayor since March, when Mr. Walsh was confirmed as the U.S. labor secretary. Ms. Wu will also be the first mayor of Boston not born in the city since 1925.
Malaysia Fuller-Staten, 24, an organizer from Roxbury, was ebullient as returns came in, saying the scale of Ms. Wu’s victory would shatter the image of Boston as conservative and insular.
“Boston is so much an old boys’ club,” she said. “For her to win by that margin, it would be saying to everyone, Boston is not a center-right city. It would be saying, we are a city looking to change.”
Born shortly after her parents immigrated to the United States from Taiwan, Ms. Wu spent her childhood interpreting for them as they tried to negotiate bureaucracy in the United States. She was deeply shaken in her 20s, when her mother had a mental health crisis, forcing her to step away from her career to care for the family.
Emerging from that experience, she plunged into a career in public service.
She developed a close relationship with Elizabeth Warren, one of her professors at Harvard Law School, who became the state’s progressive standard-bearer and helped launch her in politics.
As a Boston city councilor, Ms. Wu often attended meetings with her babies, a sight that announced change for a body that, throughout its history, had been dominated by white men.
State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, a longtime friend and supporter, described Ms. Wu’s victory as the culmination of years of disciplined work on the nitty-gritty of governing.
“It’s not always flashy, it’s not always something that gets a headline,” he said. “She doesn’t come off as this huge presence when she walks into a room necessarily. But over time she chips away at the issues you care about. You start realizing how dedicated she is to the craft and to the work.”
Boston has been booming, as jobs in technology, medicine and education attract waves of young professionals. But that success has come at a cost, forcing working-class and middle-class families to leave the city in search of affordable housing.
Ms. Wu has promised to push back against gentrification, with policies tailored to help lower-income residents stay in the city, such as waiving fees for public transport, imposing a form of rent control, and reapportioning city contracts to firms owned by Black Bostonians.
It will not be easy for her to deliver. Rent control, for example, has been illegal in Massachusetts since 1994, so restoring it would require the passage of statewide legislation. The most recent effort to roll back the ban on rent control was rejected resoundingly by legislators last year, by a vote of 23 to 136.
Her plans to restructure the city’s planning agency have worried many in the real estate and building sectors, which thrived while Mr. Walsh was mayor. And Ms. Wu will have to take control of a sprawling government apparatus whose powerful constituencies can slow or block a new mayor’s agenda.
Wilnelia Rivera, a political consultant who supported Ms. Wu, said she would face pushback.
“The reality about power is that it never wants to give up any, and we’ll see what that looks like once we cross that bridge,” she said. “She is going to have to recreate that power coalition. It would be nice to have a mayor who isn’t necessarily in the back pocket of all the power players in the city.”
Ms. Wu comes in with high expectations for change, and will face pressure to move swiftly. One of the city’s most popular progressive figures, District Attorney Rachael Rollins of Suffolk County, warned that she ran the risk of disappointing many who have backed her.
“What I won’t do is allow our community to be sold a bill of goods and then when someone gets into the office, nothing happens,” she said.
Ms. Wu has responded repeatedly to such concerns throughout her campaign.
“The history and legacy of Boston as a city is one of putting forward bold vision to reshape what’s possible and then fighting for what our residents need,” she said, listing challenges she took on as a city councilor, like introducing a pilot program for fare-free public transport.
“Time and again, when people said it would be impossible,” she said, “we got it done.”
As they left polling places on Tuesday, several voters described the race as a turning point for Boston, which has elected a long line of men from the white, working-class, pro-union wing of the Democratic Party.
“Change in this city has taken a long time to come,” said Andrew Conant, 28, a filmmaker. “This is a very proud moment for my city.”
Reporting from Atlanta
Historic night in Durham, N.C., where Elaine O’Neal, a former interim dean of N.C. Central University Law School, will become the city’s first Black woman mayor.
In the Democratic primary for Florida’s 20th Congressional District, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick leads Dale Holness by a mere 31 votes. That would trigger an automatic recount for the heavily Democratic seat in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Diane Allen, Jack Ciattarelli’s Republican running-mate in New Jersey, just addressed an energized G.O.P. crowd watching results arrive slowly. “We feel good,” she said. “Let’s continue.”
Felicia Moore, a candidate for mayor in Atlanta, hugged supporters at her election night watch party in Downtown Atlanta.
Reporting from Northern Virginia
Terry McAuliffe, who did not concede defeat in his brief remarks, will not be speaking again tonight, an aide said.
Despite trailing in the Virginia governor’s race by four percentage points with nearly 90 percent of the vote counted, the Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe, did not concede to his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, telling supporters to wait until all of the state’s votes are counted.
“We still got a lot of vote to count,” he said to a morose crowd in a ballroom in McLean, Va. “We’re going to continue to count the votes because every single Virginian deserves to have their vote counted.”
The former governor’s aides have for much of the evening cited outstanding votes from Fairfax County and Richmond, two heavily Democratic areas where Mr. McAuliffe has outperformed expectations. But across the rest of the state he has bled substantial support from Democratic performance during the years former President Donald J. Trump was in office.
Mr. McAuliffe, who spoke for four minutes, thanked his family and supporters before ticking through his campaign platform, but without any mention of Mr. Trump — who was a constant presence in his closing argument against Mr. Youngkin.
Reporting from Northern Virginia
McAuliffe in a speech before supporters: “We still got a lot of vote to count, we have about 18 percent of the vote out, we’re going to continue to count the votes because every single Virginian deserves to have their vote counted.”
Terry McAuliffe supporters looked concerned while watching a big screen showing early returns at a watch party in Fairfax.
The failed referendum to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new public safety agency reflected a generational divide within the city’s Black community. Younger activists pushed for it. Some older leaders said it was too much of a gamble.
Supporters of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy have gathered at a party on the boardwalk in Asbury Park to watch the results come in.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis residents rejected an amendment on Tuesday that called for replacing the city’s long-troubled Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety, The Associated Press projected.
The ballot item emerged from anger after a Minneapolis police officer murdered George Floyd last year, galvanizing residents who saw the policing system as irredeemably broken. But the amendment’s failure showed that even in a liberal city where skepticism of the police runs deep, many Americans are not prepared to get rid of the police.
Minneapolis leaders now face the challenge of filling staffing shortages in a Police Department that is about a third smaller than it was before Mr. Floyd’s killing, and at a time when the city is facing the most homicides since the mid-1990s. Even though voters were bitterly divided over the charter amendment, the city has been largely united in a view that meaningful reforms to policing are needed.
“We all agree that we can’t sustain as we are now with the way policing has been,” said Brian Herron, the pastor of a church on the city’s North Side and an opponent of the amendment. But he added: “We don’t have time to reimagine. We got bodies dropping in the streets. We got innocent folk being killed.”
Supporters of the measure had framed it as an opportunity to rethink law enforcement and perhaps become a national model for a different approach.
“For every new change, someone had to be the first,” said Sheila Nezhad, who supported the amendment, and who decided to run for mayor after working as a street medic following Mr. Floyd’s death. “This is our opportunity to lead.”
In the days after Mr. Floyd’s murder, Minneapolis became the center of a push to defund or abolish the police, and the amendment on Tuesday’s ballot grew out of that. But while many in Minneapolis have deep concerns about the current policing system, the city was deeply divided on whether the ballot language went too far.
Moderate Democrats, including Mayor Jacob Frey, called for improving the current department. An uptick in homicides led some residents to question the wisdom of shedding the Police Department for a new public safety agency. And a lack of clarity on what the amendment would actually do scared off some voters.
“Policing is the No. 1 issue, but I don’t see my opinion reflected,” said Leanne Fanner, 54, who works in insurance and said before Election Day that she intended to vote against the measure. “I do think we need systemic reform of the Police Department — systemic and accountable reform.”
The amendment called for discarding minimum police staffing levels for the city, and getting rid of the Minneapolis Police Department altogether. Under the amendment, the City Council would have more oversight over the agency that replaced the Police Department, which would be focused on public health and, according to the ballot language, “could include licensed peace officers (police officers), if necessary.”
Supporters of the measure, who largely steered away from describing the plan as one to “defund the police,” framed it as a way to help their city move past the pain of the past 18 months and create a new, more equitable system. And they have disagreed with some opponents who say this is not a wise moment to replace the Police Department, given rising gun violence in the streets.
“I find it fascinating that folks are saying, ‘No, this is the wrong time to do things that directly address the things that are bad right now,’” said JaNaé Bates, a minister who helped lead a campaign supporting the amendment and believes that having more social workers and community violence workers would do a better job reducing gun violence than would traditional policing.
Many Minneapolis residents say they remain shaken by the events that unfolded in the city, from the video of an officer kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck, to the protests and arson and looting that followed.
“We are going through some of the hardest and most difficult circumstances our city has ever faced,” Mr. Frey told high school students during a debate this fall.
The question of how to respond has divided Minnesota’s top Democrats. Representative Ilhan Omar, whose congressional district includes Minneapolis, and Keith Ellison, the state attorney general, supported replacing the Police Department. Their fellow Democrats in the Senate, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, opposed it.
Mayor Frey, who opposed the amendment, had received more than 40 percent of the first-choice votes in Tuesday’s mayor’s race with nearly all ballots counted, which was far more than any challenger but short of the majority threshold needed to win outright under the city’s ranked-choice system.
Since Mr. Floyd’s murder, many large cities, Minneapolis included, have invested more money in mental health services and experimented with dispatching social workers instead of armed officers to some emergency calls. Some departments scaled back minor traffic stops and arrests. And several cities cut police budgets amid the national call to defund, though some have since restored funding in response to rising gun violence and shifting politics.
But no large city went as far as getting rid of its police force and replacing it with something new.
Democrats may be poised for big disappointment in Virginia, but they do seem likely to hold on in New Jersey — even though the Republican leads at the moment. Virtually all the reported vote is from Republican areas.
Reporting from Atlanta
Youngkin’s showing tonight is of interest to two possible Georgia governor’s candidates, Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican David Perdue — who, like Youngkin, might seek to unite pro- and anti-Trump G.O.P. factions.
Mayor Mike Duggan of Detroit was elected to a third term on Tuesday, The Associated Press projected, as voters signaled confidence in the direction of a city that has suffered from decades of disinvestment and population loss.
Mr. Duggan, a Democrat who was elected eight years ago as the city was in the throes of municipal bankruptcy, has presided over a resurgence of Detroit’s commercial center and a restoration of basic city services like streetlights. New factories are opening, the Detroit Pistons basketball team moved back from the suburbs, and young college graduates have moved into downtown and Midtown, along with businesses catering to them.
“Eight years ago, the problems Detroit was facing were just Detroit — no other city was talking about bankruptcy or streetlights,” Mr. Duggan said earlier this year. “Today, the challenges that we’re dealing with, every other city has.”
But by Mr. Duggan’s own assessment, Detroit remains a work in progress. Violent crime is a persistent concern. Blighted and abandoned homes are a common sight, despite efforts to bulldoze or restore many buildings over the last decades. And some longtime residents, especially Black residents who stayed in Detroit through years of white flight to the suburbs, say they are concerned about gentrification as the white population grows and rents go up.
Mr. Duggan, the first white mayor in decades of a city where nearly 80 percent of residents are Black, has also so far failed to deliver on his promise to end more than half a century of population decline. Data from the 2020 census showed the population had fallen more than 10 percent since 2010, to about 639,000 residents. The white, Asian and Hispanic populations increased in that period, but there were tens of thousands fewer Black Detroiters in the city. The mayor has disputed that data and pledged to challenge the census figures.
Mr. Duggan’s opponent, Anthony Adams, a lawyer and fellow Democrat, focused his campaign on crime reduction, police reform and keeping longtime residents in the city. But he struggled to gain traction as local and national figures in the Democratic Party, including President Biden, gave their support to Mr. Duggan.
“We’re starting to lose our Black population in the city, and we’re losing it because the policies of this administration are harmful to the people who have been here through thick and thin,” Mr. Adams said in an interview this summer.
Alvin Bragg will become Manhattan’s first Black district attorney, according to the Associated Press. He will inherit a high-profile case against former President Donald J. Trump.
McLEAN, Va. — Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is facing grim returns in nearly every sort of Virginia community in his battle with Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee for governor.
Mr. McAuliffe, a Democrat, is posting only modest margins in heavily Black, rural counties like Brunswick, an agricultural community along the North Carolina border. And he is losing worse than President Biden in more heavily white areas of southwestern Virginia, like Alleghany County, near West Virginia, where Mr. McAuliffe is capturing 21 percent of the vote.
More ominous for Mr. McAuliffe is that he is running well behind Mr. Biden, who won Virginia by 10 points last year, in exurban counties like Stafford, down Interstate 95 from Washington, D.C. Mr. McAuliffe is losing Stafford by about 20 points a year after Mr. Biden carried it by three.
If any more evidence is needed that bedroom communities are drifting back to the Republicans, consider Henrico County, outside Richmond: Mr. Biden won it by nearly 30 points. Mr. McAuliffe is winning it by about nine.
Alvin Bragg was elected Manhattan district attorney on Tuesday and will become the first Black person to lead the influential office, which handles tens of thousands of cases a year and is conducting a high-profile investigation into former President Donald J. Trump and his family business.
The Associated Press called the race for Mr. Bragg on Tuesday night.
Mr. Bragg, 48, a former federal prosecutor who campaigned on a pledge to balance public safety with fairness for all defendants, will succeed Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a Democrat who did not seek re-election.
“We have been given a profound trust tonight,” Mr. Bragg told a crowd gathered in the outdoor pavilion at Harlem Tavern, in the neighborhood where he has lived most of his life and that has served as the constant backdrop of his campaign over the last two years. “The fundamental role of the district attorney is to guarantee both fairness and safety.”
He said that under his administration the racial disparities in the system would be “shut down,” and mentioned personal experiences that would shape his perspective in office.
“I think I’ll probably be the first district attorney who’s had the police point a gun at him,” he said.
Mr. Bragg said dealing with the “humanitarian crisis” on Rikers Island was an urgent priority, and that included sending fewer people to jail.
Mr. Bragg had been heavily favored to prevail over his Republican opponent, Thomas Kenniff, given that Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans in the borough.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office continues to disproportionately prosecute Black defendants, and Mr. Bragg throughout his campaign has drawn on his personal experiences growing up in New York to illustrate the types of changes he wishes to make. Mr. Bragg has said he would show leniency to defendants who commit low-level crimes and has emphasized the importance of accountability for the police and the office’s prosecutors.
His victory comes as Democrats are seeking to balance sweeping changes to the criminal justice system with some voters’ concerns about rising gun crime. In 2020, millions of people around the country took to the streets to protest the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and call for change. But after rises in homicides and shootings in New York and other cities, some voters have moderated their stances.
The most high-profile case confronting Mr. Bragg is the investigation into Mr. Trump and his family business. Over the summer, the business and one of its top executives were charged with running a yearslong tax scheme that helped executives evade taxes while compensating them with off-the-books benefits.
Mr. Vance’s investigation into Mr. Trump and his business is ongoing; Mr. Bragg has faced questions about it throughout his campaign and will continue to do so. Though he cited his experience of having sued the former president over 100 times while at the state attorney general’s office, Mr. Bragg has said he will follow the facts when it comes to the current inquiry.
Mr. Bragg voted Tuesday morning at the Wyatt T. Walker senior housing building on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem.
He said that voting for himself, the first time he has done so, had been humbling.
“Just to be engaged in our democracy from this new perspective has been so important to me, so meaningful on a personal level,” he said.
Mr. Bragg then drove to a polling place on 134th Street, where he was greeted by Jumaane D. Williams, the city public advocate; and Cordell Cleare, a Democratic State Senate candidate.
Upon seeing Mr. Bragg, Mr. Williams offered an enthusiastic greeting: “The D.A. is here!”
Reporting from New York
“We won,” shouted an Eric Adams staffer from the stage just 17 minutes after the polls closed in New York City.
Eric Adams, a former New York City police captain whose attention-grabbing persona and keen focus on racial justice fueled a decades-long career in public life, was elected on Tuesday as the 110th mayor of New York, and the second Black mayor in the city’s history.
The Associated Press declared victory for Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, 10 minutes after the polls closed at 9 p.m.
At his campaign celebration, held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, just around the corner from his office at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Mr. Adams walked to the stage buoyantly to “The Champ Is Here” by Jadakiss less than an hour later, and urged New Yorkers to come together.
“We are so divided right now and we’re missing the beauty of our diversity,” Mr. Adams said in remarks that echoed the “gorgeous mosaic” that David N. Dinkins, New York’s first Black mayor, famously discussed. “Today we take off the intramural jersey and we put on one jersey: Team New York.”
Mr. Adams, who will take office as mayor on Jan. 1, faces a staggering set of challenges as the nation’s largest city grapples with the enduring consequences of the pandemic, including a precarious and unequal economic recovery and continuing concerns about crime and the quality of city life.
His victory signaled the start of a more center-left Democratic leadership that he has promised will reflect the needs of the working- and middle-class voters of color who delivered him the party’s nomination and were vital to his general election coalition.
Mr. Adams, whose victory over his Republican opponent, Curtis Sliwa, appeared to be resounding, will begin the job with significant political leverage: He was embraced by both Mayor Bill de Blasio, who sought to chart a more left-wing course for New York, and by centrist leaders like Michael R. Bloomberg, Mr. de Blasio’s predecessor.
Mr. Adams was the favored candidate of labor unions and wealthy donors. And he and Gov. Kathy Hochul — who joined him onstage at his victory party — have made clear that they intend to have a more productive relationship than Mr. de Blasio had with Andrew M. Cuomo when he was governor.
Mr. Adams has made clear that large companies have a role to play in shepherding the city’s recovery, and there are signs that he may have a far warmer relationship with business leaders than Mr. de Blasio, who won on a populist platform.
But on the campaign trail, there was no issue Mr. Adams discussed more than public safety.
Mr. Adams, who speaks about growing up poor in Queens, has said he was once a victim of police brutality and spent his early years in public life as a transit police officer and later a captain who pushed for changes from within the system.
During the primary, amid a spike in gun violence and jarring attacks on the subway, Mr. Adams emerged as one of his party’s most unflinching advocates for the police maintaining a robust role in preserving public safety. He often clashed with those who sought to scale back law enforcement’s power in favor of promoting greater investments in mental health and other social services.
Mr. Adams, who has said he has no tolerance for abusive officers, supports the restoration of a reformed plainclothes anti-crime unit. He opposes the abuse of stop-and-frisk policing tactics but sees a role for the practice in some circumstances. And he has called for a more visible police presence on the subways.
“We’re not going to just talk about safety,” Mr. Adams declared. “We’re going to have safety in our city.”
The polls have closed in New York City. We will know the outcome of the mayor’s race, and several down-ballot races, soon.
Reporting from Virginia
If Youngkin prevails, expect the two warring factions of the G.O.P. to both declare victory. “Never Trumpers” will claim this shows there’s a path without him. And Trump supporters will say he dragged Youngkin over the line.
Polls have closed in New York, ending a battle for the city’s mayoralty that was largely marked by a long, bitter Democratic primary and a contentious general-election campaign.
The Democratic nominee, Eric Adams, a former police officer and the current Brooklyn borough president, was widely expected to win the race, after a campaign sharply focused on the pandemic and public safety.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kendra Reichenau had no doubts about her vote on a proposal to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new public safety agency. She was a no.
“We want the police here, period,” said Ms. Reichenau, who cited concerns about recent carjackings in her area that have been chronicled by local media. “We need the police.”
Minneapolis became the center of a national debate on law enforcement last year after an officer murdered George Floyd and the city erupted in protests. But a sweeping plan to replace the existing police department with a new public health-focused safety agency has divided the city, especially at a time when homicides and some other crimes have increased.
After voting at a church on Tuesday evening, Ms. Reichenau said getting rid of the existing Police Department would be reckless. But like many other opponents of the amendment, she indicated an openness to rethinking parts of the city’s public safety response. “We think it’s an ‘and,’” Ms. Reichenau said. “We think we need to strengthen the police, and strengthen some of the social services that need to go along to support the police.”
McAuliffe is far underperforming his 2013 showing in rural and white parts of southwestern Virginia — by as much as 20 percentage points in some places.
Mike Stoddard of Herndon, Va., watching results on a big screen at a Glenn Youngkin watch party in Chantilly: “Financially, emotionally, spiritually, I think he’s just trying to get veterans and Virginians back on track.”
Reporting from Virginia
In heavily blue Fairfax County, the early and absentee results so far, roughly 75-25 for McAuliffe, is where Republicans think they need to be if this is going to be close.
In Minneapolis, Democrats are divided over a charter amendment to replace the Police Department. Progressives – like Rep. Ilhan Omar – have been vocal in support. Moderates like Sen. Amy Klobuchar oppose the measure but have not campaigned against it.
Reporting from Northern Virginia
In Lexington, Va., where Joe Biden won 65 percent of the vote, Terry McAuliffe is at just 50 percent with about half the vote counted so far. It’s a good representation of how far behind Biden McAuliffe is running in tonight’s results.
At a watch party for Terry McAuliffe in in Fairfax, Va., supporters checked their laptops to see the early return numbers.
Atlanta residents had 14 mayoral candidates to choose from, but the choice, many voters said, came down to just three: Kasim Reed, the former mayor; Felicia Moore, the City Council president; and Andre Dickens, a City Council member.
Kenya Leonard, 23, said that she voted for Mr. Reed because she remembered that when he was mayor of Atlanta, from 2010 through 2018, her family spoke favorably about him. “I know that he brought business to Atlanta, I remember that he was active in the community and he fixed problems in the past, so he can probably start to fix them now,” she said.
Regina McMurray, 31, said that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s decision not to run for re-election left many residents feeling abandoned. “I don’t like that Keisha gave up on us, and I want someone who won’t just quit when it gets tough,” she said.
Ms. McMurray considered voting for Mr. Reed because he was successful in the past. However, after hearing friends speak highly of Mr. Dickens, she did her own research on Monday and decided to vote for him. “I liked the way he talked about homelessness and getting people out of poverty,” she said. “He feels relatable. He knows his stuff and cares about this city. There’s something about him that makes me have faith that he’s the kind of person who will do the right thing.”
If none of the candidates receives a majority of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff on Nov. 30.
Outside the Israel Baptist Church on Tuesday, Mr. Dickens shook hands and greeted voters. He said he was feeling good about his chances of making it to the runoff and touted his citywide appeal. “I go young, not so young, white, Black,” he said.
Mr. Reed, at a campaign stop during the day, said that he, too, was feeling confident about the race and had already had conversations with his team about a strategy for the runoff. “This is my sixth mayoral election, so I have some sense of how this feels and how it goes,” he said. “I think I know how the movie is going to end.”
Shontel Brown, a Democrat, won a House seat in a special election in Cleveland on Tuesday, defeating her Republican opponent, Laverne Gore.
Ms. Brown had narrowly won the Democratic primary for the seat earlier this year, after its previous occupant, Marcia L. Fudge, was appointed by President Biden as the secretary of housing and urban development. Ms. Brown defeated Nina Turner, a former state senator and a top surrogate for Bernie Sanders when he ran for president, in that primary, which attracted big Democratic names and millions of dollars.
The district, Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, encompasses most of Cleveland and much of Akron and is heavily Democratic.
It was one of two special elections in Ohio on Tuesday. Local election officials predicted low turnout, saying there had not been many absentee and early voters.
Mr. Biden issued a last-minute endorsement in the campaign for the other seat, in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which was vacated earlier this year by Steve Stivers, a Republican. Mr. Biden praised Allison Russo, a Democrat who faced an uphill battle against Mike Carey, a Republican and the chairman of the Ohio Coal Association.
In the 2020 election, President Donald J. Trump won the district, which includes the outskirts of Columbus and the surrounding areas, by 14 points. Mr. Trump had endorsed Mr. Carey.
McAuliffe is ever so slightly underperforming. The latest example is Fairfax: McAuliffe is at 74 percent of the advance vote, but our estimate was that he needed 76 percent. It’s early and not much, but it’s starting to add up.
Gov. Phil Murphy’s supporters are filing into Asbury Park’s Convention Hall in New Jersey, the same place he celebrated his 2017 win.
Polls have closed in New Jersey, ending voting for a contest for governor that will provide clues about how voters feel about strict pandemic-related mandates, even as Virginia’s governor’s race has drawn far more attention.
Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, is widely favored to win the race, with some late polls showing him with a double-digit lead. If Mr. Murphy defeats Jack Ciattarelli, a former state assemblyman, he would become the first Democratic governor to be re-elected in the state in more than four decades.
Democrats outnumber Republicans in New Jersey by about one million voters, and the state has voted for a Democrat in every presidential election since 1992.
Public polls showed that voters gave Mr. Murphy high marks for his response to the pandemic, and he has indicated that he is open to a statewide mandate for Covid-19 vaccines for all students.
Much of the campaign also focused on the state’s tax rates, with Mr. Ciattarelli constantly reminding voters that New Jersey homeowners pay the highest property taxes in the country and calling Mr. Murphy a “tax and spend liberal.” But Mr. Murphy hardly apologized for the state’s tax policies, instead arguing that the money translates into good schools and health care. And like Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia, Mr. Murphy repeatedly tried to tie his opponent to Mr. Trump.
A judge rejected a request to keep polls open in New Jersey until 9:30 p.m. He said it would cause disarray, and there’s no proof that voters were turned away because of snags with the new electronic poll books.
Youngkin has an early lead in Virginia. That may be deceptive. So far, we mainly have heavily Republican Election Day vote. Over all, 12 percent of Election Day votes have been counted by the state, compared to just 5 percent of early and 2 percent of absentee votes.
It’s early, but so far more than 100 precincts have reported in Virginia and they’re generally consistent with a highly competitive race with a very high turnout.
CENTREVILLE, Va. — In Northern Virginia’s Fairfax County, which in the last decade has become among the nation’s most reliable Democratic bastions, few precincts are more closely divided than the one that votes at Virginia Run Elementary School in Centreville.
In 2016, Donald J. Trump beat Hillary Clinton there by 75 votes out of 1,746 cast. A year later, as the first laps of the coming Democratic wave swept Ralph Northam into the governor’s office, Mr. Northam lost the Virginia Run precinct to his Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie, by 80 votes out of 1,410 cast.
Fairfax County didn’t separate 2020 absentee votes by precinct, making a comparison for that year difficult, but Mr. Trump did handily win the in-person vote last year at Virginia Run.
On Tuesday afternoon, as volunteers from the local Democratic and Republican parties offered sample ballots on the sidewalk, a steady stream of voters reflected the neighborhood’s split.
Thomas O’Connor, a 39-year-old attorney and father of five children, said he backed the Republican candidate, Glenn Youngkin, for governor because he is concerned the Democrat, Terry McAuliffe, would reduce parental influence over the local schools.
Mr. O’Connor, 39, said he’s been happy with his children’s education — one is in college and the four others attend local public schools — but said Mr. Youngkin would be a better steward of the state’s education policy.
“He’s going to allow more parents’ voice, parents will have an opportunity to be heard,” Mr. O’Connor said. “Terry McAuliffe and the Democratic Party are trying to limit parental involvement.”
There were signs, however, that Mr. McAuliffe’s efforts to tie Mr. Youngkin to Mr. Trump had convinced some voters.
Gordon Hall, 29, a speech pathology student who said he cast his first ballot for Mitt Romney in 2012, said he couldn’t vote for Mr. Youngkin or for any Republican who fails to denounce Mr. Trump.
“I want to avoid the Republican Party for now because Trump’s hold on them is so strong,” he said. “Terry McAuliffe, he’s fine, but Trump is just a stain on Republicans now.”
Reporting from Atlanta
In Atlanta, a runoff is likely in this crowded mayor’s race. Mayor Kasim Reed and council president Felicia Moore have polled well. A wildcard: Andre Dickens, a critic of Reed’s.
Reporting from Richmond
Democratic strategists in Chesterfield County last week told me they did not expect McAuliffe to win there, even though Biden carried the traditionally conservative region.
Reporting from New York
All is quiet here at the New York Marriott where Eric Adams is set to hold his election night party. “I think we’re going to win,” joked one adviser to the likely next mayor.
Democrats’ historic margins in Virginia in recent years are suddenly looking as though they may have been the result not of an inexorable demographic tide, but of a furious resistance to Donald J. Trump — one that exaggerated the true strength of the Democratic Party in a state that could be returning to its previous role as a battleground.
Without Mr. Trump in office, Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic governor seeking a new term in that post, is fighting for his political life, four years after the current Democratic governor coasted to a 9-point win.
Greater Richmond, including the capital city and its diversifying suburbs, is the second-fastest-growing region in the state and a key to the governor’s race, as well as to control of the Legislature.
A poll released last week by Christopher Newport University suggested that Democrats were falling well short in the region. While it mirrored most other polls in showing the governor’s race deadlocked statewide, it said Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate, had pulled away from Mr. McAuliffe in the Richmond media market — an area extending beyond the city and its populous suburbs into rural counties.
For Mr. McAuliffe to prevail in greater Richmond, Democrats need to drive up turnout in the city; maintain their gains of the past 15 years in Henrico County, north and east of the city; and not cede too much ground in Chesterfield County, which includes more conservative western suburbs.