N.Y.C. Election Updates: As City Chooses Its Next Mayor, an Emotional Eric Adams Casts His Vote

Credit…Nate Palmer for The New York Times

By nearly every metric, the Republican Party has been wiped out in the nation’s largest city.

But in a handful of City Council races, there are still signs of Republican life.

In southern Brooklyn, Republican Inna Vernikov has the backing of Donald Trump Jr. as she works to coax voters who back Republican presidential candidates to do the same in District 48, which includes Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and parts of Midwood and Sheepshead Bay.

Her Democratic opponent, Steven Saperstein, a former Republican, has declined to say how he voted for president last year, insisting that at the local level, even the many pro-Trump voters who live in that district are more focused on municipal matters.

Indeed, for years, New York City voters who favored Republicans for president often still elected Democrats in local races. But in the final days of the fall campaign, Republicans are working to change that pattern in the district, which is home to many Orthodox Jews and Russian and Ukrainian immigrants.

If they succeed, that victory will offer one more example of just how polarized, and nationalized, even ultra-local American politics has become.

There is also a high-profile and competitive race unfolding in Queens, in a district that is the last Republican-held seat in that borough.

Felicia Singh, a Democrat and a teacher who is endorsed by the left-wing Working Families Party, is running in District 32 against Joann Ariola, the chairwoman of the Queens Republican Party. The race has stirred considerable interest from the left and the right, has attracted spending from outside groups and has grown increasingly ugly in its final days.

The other race widely seen as competitive is in District 50 on Staten Island, for a seat held by the Republican minority leader, Steven Matteo.

David Carr, Mr. Matteo’s chief of staff, is the Republican nominee; Sal F. Albanese, once a Brooklyn city councilman who has run unsuccessfully for mayor several times, is the Democratic nominee; George Wonica, a real estate agent, is running on the Conservative Party line.

Unlike in the Queens race, where there is a clear ideological contrast, the candidates on Staten Island largely agree on several issues: They oppose city vaccine mandates and strongly support law enforcement.

There is always the possibility of a sleeper race becoming closer than expected.

“Low-turnout elections are always where surprises happen, and we’ve had a bunch of those in the past few years,” said Kevin Elkins, the political director for the New York City District Council of Carpenters, which is largely supporting Democratic candidates but backs Ms. Ariola.

“Most of the elected officials and candidates who have run before have no interest in being next on that list.”

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