2021 New York City Mayoral Election: Solid favorite emerges

By Leroy Cleveland, Polls and Trends - January 10, 2021

Given New York City’s incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio is unable to run for a third term due to term limits, the 2021 New York City mayoral race is wide open.

The election will consist of a primary on June 22, 2021, followed by a general election on November 2, 2021. And for the first time in the history of New York mayoral races, ranked-choice voting in the primaries will be implemented allowing voters to rank their top-five candidates.

Sportsbettingdime.com, on January 8, listed the candidates and their respective odds of winning below.

Odds for NYC Primary Mayoral Election Candidates

Andrew Yang+175
Eric Adams+250
Scott Stringer+400
Raymond McGuire+525
Maya Wiley+900
Kathryn Garcia+2000
Carlos Menchaca+5000
Shaun Donovan+5000
Dianne Morales+10000

Andrew Yang, entrepreneur, former Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship under the Obama administration (2015–2017), and Democratic candidate for President of the United States in 2020, appears to have the best chance thus far and will be difficult to beat.

In politics, name recognition means a lot and Yang made a fine account of himself when running for the Democratic presidential nomination, catapulting into the political mainstream and building a fairly strong following.

High-profile endorsers of Andrew Yang for President

  • Mike Honda, former U.S. Representative from CA-15 (2001–2013) and CA-17 (2013–2017)
  • Elon Musk, engineer and CEO of Tesla, Inc. and SpaceX
  • Alexis Ohanian, entrepreneur, investor, and co-founder of Reddit
  • Jack Dorsey, entrepreneur, computer programmer and CEO of Twitter and Square
  • Nicolas Cage, actor
  • Donald Glover, actor, comedian, and musician
  • Teri Hatcher, actress, writer, presenter, and singer
  • Ken Jeong, actor, comedian, former physician, and voice artist
  • John Leguizamo, actor (previously endorsed Julián Castro)
  • Simu Liu, actor
  • Mia Rose, pornographic actress
  • Chris Jericho, Canadian-American professional wrestler
  • Dominique Wilkins, former NBA player
  • Dave Chappelle, comedian

After dropping out of the race on February 11, 2020 following a disappointing result in the New Hampshire primary, Yang announced to his supporters, “while we did not win this election, we are just getting started.”

Upon a suggestion he should run for mayor of New York City, Yang said, “It’s incredibly flattering to be thought of in that role…. We haven’t ruled anything out at this point. I will say I’m more attracted to executive roles than legislative ones because I think you can get more done.”

Also, on March 3, 2020, Yang, who is of East Asian descent, repeated his interest in the mayorship to BuzzFeed News.

Not surprisingly, early polling showed him leading the field, with 20% of New Yorkers saying they would support his candidacy.

No woman has ever served as mayor of New York City and, aside from David Dinkins who was Black, all New York City’s mayors have been White with the possible exception of John Purroy Mitchel (1914–1917) who may have been considered Hispanic because his grandfather was born in Venezuela.

Should he win, Yang, who will be 46 on January 13, would join an elite group of men to serve as New York City’s mayor including Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg.

Will Andrew Yang win the 2021 New York City Mayoral Election?

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