Election Day 2021: Mayoral Overview and Live Results

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Mayoral Elections

17 of the largest 100 cities by population will have elections for mayor. Population rankings are based on July 1, 2020 Census Bureau population estimates. They are for the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area.

Cities are ordered by population. Alternately, select a city in the alphabetized drop down menu.

Poll closing hours shown in Eastern Time (ET). Your individual polling place may have different hours - do not rely on these times to determine when to vote.

New York, NY

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
1 8,804,190 Bill de Blasio (D) 2 Term-limited

Although residents of America's largest city have been willing to elect Republican mayors, that won't be the case this time. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (D) is the prohibitive favorite over Curtis Sliwa (R) to lead the city for the next four years. Polls close at 9:00 PM ET.

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Seattle, WA

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
18 737,015 Jenny Durkan (D) 1 Did not run

The current City Council President, M. Lorena Gonzalez faces off against her predecessor, Bruce Harrell. Both are Democrats that advanced from the top two nonpartisan August primary, with Harrell finishing slightly ahead of Gonzalez, 34% to 32%. Gonzalez is positioned as the more progressive of the two nominees.

In the only recent poll of the race, Harrell had a 48% to 32% lead over Gonzalez. Polls close at 11:00 PM ET.

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Boston, MA

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
24 675,647 Kim Janey (D) 1 Acting mayor; lost in primary

Boston is set to elect1 1Acting mayor Kim Janey was not elected to the position. She assumed office after Marty Walsh resigned in March. the first woman and first person of color to lead the city. Councilors Michelle Wu (33% of the vote) and Annissa Essaibi George (23%) advanced from the top two nonpartisan primary.

Four public polls have been released this month. All show Wu ahead by 25% or more. Polls close at 8:00 PM ET.

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Detroit, MI

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
27 639,111 Mike Duggan (D) 2 Running

Mike Duggan received 73% of the vote in August's nonpartisan primary. Anthony Adams also advanced, with just 10%. Duggan is well-positioned to win a third term.  Polls close at 8:00 PM ET.

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Albuquerque, NM

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
32 564,559 Tim Keller (D) 1 Running

Three candidates are on the nonpartisan ballot, including the incumbent mayor. The main question to be answered Tuesday is whether Keller will get a majority of the vote to avoid a December 7 runoff. Polls close at 9:00 PM ET.

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Atlanta, GA

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
38 498,715 Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) 1 Did not run

Kasim Reed hopes to return to the office he held for two terms. City Council President Felicia Moore has led most polls, with Reed a few points behind. However, City Councilman Andre Dickens appears to have some momentum after a recent endorsement by Shirley Franklin, who preceded Reed as mayor.

If no candidate receives a majority of the vote - a pretty good bet in this field of 14 candidates - a top two runoff will be held November 30. For this election, City of Atlanta polling places close at 8:00 PM ET. (Note that for elections in other parts of Georgia, polls close at 7:00 PM ET).

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Miami, FL

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
44 442,241 Francis Suarez (R) 1 Running

Combining the power of incumbency and strong fundraising, Suarez is expected to win a second term. However, should he not receive a majority of the vote Tuesday, a top two runoff will take place on November 16. Polls close at 7:00 PM ET.

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Minneapolis, MN

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
46 429,954 Jacob Frey (D) 1 Running

Frey will receive the voters' verdict on his stewardship in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd and the ongoing debate about the future of the city's police department. A large field of challengers, most more liberal than the incumbent, are vying to deny him a second term. The most notable challengers appear to be community organizer Sheila Nezhad and former state representative Kate Knuth.

In municipal elections, Minneapolis uses ranked choice voting. Ballots are marked with a 1st choice, with an option to make a 2nd and 3rd choice. Sometimes called an instant runoff, the tabulation process will ultimately yield a majority winner if no candidate gets 50% of 1st choice votes. Polls close at 9:00 PM ET.

As no candidate received 50% of the vote, the city conducted the ranked choice voting process on Wednesday, November 3. In round 2, Mayor Jacob Frey received a majority of the vote and was reelected.

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Cleveland, OH

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
54 372,624 Frank Jackson (D) 4 Did not run

Nonprofit executive Justin Bibb (27% of the vote) and City Council President Kevin Kelley (19%) advanced from the September nonpartisan primary. One of them will succeed departing four-term mayor Frank Jackson. Bibb may be a slight frontrunner, based on a recent poll and fundraising. Jackson has endorsed Kelley. Polls close at 7:30 PM ET.

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Saint Paul, MN

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
63 311,527 Melvin Carter III (D) 1 Running

Carter seems well-positioned to win a 2nd term. Based on campaign finance reports, he appears to have outraised all seven of his opponents combined.

As in Minneapolis, this election will use ranked choice voting. Differing from the other Twin City, voters here can rank up to six candidates. However, it won't come into play if Carter receives a majority of first choice votes, making him the winner before any additional tabulations are done. Polls close at 9:00 PM ET.

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Cincinnati, OH

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
65 309,317 John Cranley (D) 2 Term-limited

Democrats Aftab Pureval (39% of the vote) and David Mann (29%) advanced from the May nonpartisan primary. One of them will succeed term-limited Mayor John Cranley. Polls close at 7:30 PM ET.

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Pittsburgh, PA

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
68 302,971 Bill Peduto (D) 2 Lost primary

State Rep. Ed Gainey ousted Peduto in the May Democratic primary. He should coast to victory in a city that hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1934. Polls close at 8:00 PM ET.

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Jersey City, NJ

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
71 292,449 Steve Fulop (D) 2 Running

Fulop is likely to win a third term. Polls close at 8:00 PM ET.

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Durham, NC

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
75 283,506 Steve Schewel (D) 2 Did not run

Receiving more than 2/3 of the vote, retired Judge Elaine O'Neal won the nonpartisan primary held in early October. She will almost certainly be the city's next mayor, as City Councilwoman Javiera Caballero, who finished second, subsequently suspended her campaign. Polls close at 7:30 PM ET.

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Buffalo, NY

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
76 278,349 Byron Brown (D) 4 Lost primary; running as write-in

Brown, a four-term incumbent, was defeated by progressive India Allen in the Democratic primary. He is hoping to hold the office via an aggressive write-in campaign. There is no Republican on the ballot. Polls close at 9:00 PM ET.

NOTE: While the overwhelming amount of the write-in vote will be for Brown, the number reported by the state - and in the results below - will include all write-in votes. State law prohibits the counting of these votes until 10 days after Election Day. The number of write-in votes assigned to each candidate will only be announced when the election is certified. That will likely be several weeks from Election Day.

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Toledo, OH

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
79 270,871 Wade Kapszukiewicz (D) 1 Running

The incumbent is favored to win a second term. Polls close at 7:30 PM ET.

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St. Petersburg, FL

Rank Population Mayor Term Status
85 258,308 Rick Kriseman (D) 2 Term-limited

Former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch (D, 39% of the vote) and City Councilman Robert Blackmon (R, 28%) meet in this runoff necessitated when neither received a majority of the vote in the August nonpartisan primary. Welch appears to be the frontrunner. If elected, He would be the city's first Black Mayor. Polls close at 7:00 PM ET.

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