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Mayoral candidate Maya Wiley greets poll workers after voting early at the Erasmus Educational Campus in Brooklyn, June 14, 2021.
Maya Wiley voted early in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
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Primary Color: Scenes From an Unprecedented NYC Mayoral Campaign Season

Check out views from the trail after months of campaigning in a primary made historic by the pandemic and the impending citywide debut of ranked choice voting.

While much of the city was still emerging from a forced coronavirus slumber, more mayoral candidates than ever were running — with a whole new twist on the race.

As winter melted into spring and coronavirus rates dropped, candidates left Zoom rooms and raced into face-to-face politics across the five boroughs.

Here are some views from the campaign trail, from a candidate helping during an emergency health scare to supporters clearly feeling the energy of the moment as Tuesday’s primary nears.

Mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams poses with supporters after holding a campaign rally near his office, June 2, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams took time after a Cadman Plaza rally to pose for a maskless selfie.


Dianne Morales supporters attend a rally in Jackson Heights, May 13, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A young Dianne Morales supporter practiced her political rallying skills.


Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang helps fan a man who fainted at a campaign event in The Bronx, May 21, 2021. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Andrew Yang helped fan a man who fainted at a Bronx event on a scorching late spring day.


Mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia speaks with people spreading out in Astoria Park for an outdoor movie, May 21, 2021. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Kathryn Garcia made the rounds at Astoria Park’s first outdoor movie since the pandemic.


Supporters for Ray McGuire attend a mayoral campaign event in Times Square, May 10, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A Ray McGuire supporter shielded herself in Times Square.


Curtis Sliwa kicked off his mayoral campaign outside Penn Station by attacking New York’s two most powerful Democratic leaders, March 15, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa kicked off his campaign attacking two men who loom large in New York politics.


An anti-Eric Adams protester tries to disrupt a mayoral campaign event at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, June 16, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Anti-Eric Adams protesters tried to disrupt a campaign event in Brooklyn.


Republican mayoral candidate Fernando Mateo tied Blued Lives Matter ribbons around the 9/11 memorial, May 27, 2021. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Fernando Mateo showed his position on policing issues, tying Blue Lives Matter banners around the World Trade Center.


Mayoral candidate Scott Stringer is joined by his wife Elyse Buxbaum and son Miles Stringer to vote at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, June 18, 2021. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Scott Stringer took his family to vote at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.


A supporter of Maya Wiley listened to the mayoral candidate speak after voting early at the Erasmus Educational Complex in Brooklyn, June 14, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A Maya Wiley supporter holds on at the end of an arduous campaign.

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