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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.

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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.

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


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A young Dianne Morales supporter practiced her political rallying skills. 


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


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


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A Ray McGuire supporter shielded herself in Times Square.


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


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


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


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


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