Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang greets supporters at a Manhattan hotel as he campaigned for mayor on Jan.
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Andrew Yang has conceded the race to replace New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after realizing he would not get enough votes even if the ranking and postal votes were still counted.
The entrepreneur, who was running for president and had never held political office before, thanked his wife and supporters at a hotel in Hell’s Kitchen late Tuesday evening, about two hours after polling stations closed, and said the campaign was great and he learned a lot about the city.
Yang announced that he had more individual donors than any other campaign, talked about the growing hatred against Asians and how that had played a role in his campaign.
“I’m not going to become Mayor of New York City based on the numbers that came in tonight. I admit this race. While we are not sure who the next mayor will be, but whoever that person is, I will be very happy to work with you to improve the lives of the 8.3 million people who live in our great city, and I encourage everyone here to do the same, “said the 46-year-old Democrat in his speech.
Yang said he has no regrets working with his competitor Kathryn Garcia, adding that he would do it all again because he believes she should become the next mayor.
By early Wednesday morning, Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams appeared to be taking weak leadership, while Garcia and Maya Wiley were not far behind.