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Labor unions rush to make endorsements in NYC mayoral race

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New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, who is considered the frontrunner in the race to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio, received his first union endorsement last week when the Freelancer’s Union announced him as one of their picks in the upcoming mayor’s race. But at the same time they also endorsed Maya Wiley, in a nod to rank choice voting, which the city recently adopted for local races.

For the first time voters will get to select up to five candidates on their ballots and rank them in order of preference. When it comes time to count votes, candidates with the fewest first choice votes will drop off the ballot and voters’ second choices will be counted. This continues until one candidate receives over 50% of the vote.

Labor leaders will likely try to use this to their advantage by pushing members to vote for their preferred candidate first, but to rank other labor-endorsed candidates second or third in an effort to maintain their leverage with City Hall.

While de Blasio is deeply unpopular with city residents, he has maintained friendships with labor leaders.

Current labor endorsements for mayor also include:

The Republican and Democratic primaries will be held June 22.

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