Eric Adams maintains narrow lead in Democratic race for mayor

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Eric Adams solidified his lead in the city’s Democratic mayoral primary on Tuesday when the embattled Board of Elections released a preliminary count of the final vote tally.

Adams remained narrowly ahead of Kathryn Garcia, 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent, according to unofficial figures posted on the BOE’s website.

The results were based on the addition of 126,0000 mail-in absentee ballots that weren’t factored in when the BOE on Wednesday updated its initial — and botched — count of ranked-choice votes.

The massive screw-up was the result of bumbling officials having failed to clear 135,000 fake ballots that were entered into a BOE computer system for a test run ahead of the city’s first ranked-choice elections.

Red-faced board members later held a secret — and apparently illegal — meeting to discuss the humiliating blunder, which marked the latest in a string of snafus that have plagued city elections run by the patronage-riddled elections agency.

Following the meeting, board President Frederic Umane, a Manhattan Republican, told The Post that one or more unidentified BOE employees made the mistake, saying, “This was not a vendor error.”

The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa in the Nov. 2 general election to succeed outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, a two-term Democrat who was barred from seeking election by term limits.

The city’s Democrats outnumber Republicans about 7-to-1, and the Big Apple hasn’t elected a GOP candidate for mayor since Michael Bloomberg ran in 2001 and 2005. He was re-elected in 2009 as an independent.

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