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The winners and losers of election night 2021

By Jeva Lange, The Week

Tuesday was a night of upsets, shoo-ins, nailbiters, and way too many cats. Here’s our scorecard for the 2021 elections.

Winner: New York City night owls

The 110th mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, called it “almost silly” to suggest he shouldn’t have spent the night partying in high-end nightclubs after his victory Tuesday evening. “This city does not go to sleep at 5 a.m.,” Adams told NY1’s Pat Kiernan on Wednesday morning, after soundly defeating his Republican opponent, avowed ailurophile Curtis Sliwa. “I’m going to be out visiting those hospital workers at 12 a.m. in the evening, I’m going to visit transit employees at 3, 4 a.m. in the morning.”

Adams added that he was “happy to be at Zero Bond” — a private social club that counts Tom Brady and Kim Kardashian among its members — “then I went over to Cipriani’s as well, and I’m going to continue to help my nightlife.”

With Adams’ election, New York City ends an era of criticizing its mayor over being chauffeured 12 miles to work out and begins one of criticizing its mayor over illegally parking and driving down the sidewalk.

Loser: Primary elections

When Buffalo’s incumbent mayor, Byron Brown, lost his city’s Democratic primary to socialist India Walton last June, Walton was expected to be all but a shoo-in on Election Day. But following “the most ambitious write-in campaign in recent memory,” per Buffalo’s WIVB, Brown appeared poised for victory come Wednesday morning.

A moderate Democrat seeking his fifth mayoral term, Brown was backed in his race by the New York State Republican Party, which sent thousands of mailers encouraging the write-in campaign. Meanwhile, Walton was “not uniformly embraced by state [Democratic] 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,” The New York Times writes.

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