New York residents and the city’s matching campaign funds program has poured millions in donations and matching funds to mayoral candidates.
Andrew Yang has raised $2.1 million from New Yorkers, and has a donation war chest of more than $6 million, Pix 11 reported.
The entrepreneur and former presidential candidate is currently the race’s frontrunner. He was recently endorsed by Orthodox councilmember Daniel Rosenthal.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and former de Blasio administration official Maya Wiley have all been recipients of the city’s matching donations program.
Adams, in most polls, is the only candidate other than Yang to receive double digit support.
However, the race has been a chaotic one, with more than thirty people vying to be the Democratic nominee, and the newly implemented ranked choice voting system causing confusion and concern among candidates and voters alike.
The system would have candidates compete in several rounds as the lowest-ranking candidates are knocked from the running and their votes are redistributed to whomever was chosen as the alternate option by their voters. The runoff will continue until a single candidate has won majority of the votes.