UPDATE: New York mayoral candidate adopts Trump's 'big lie' language to question election results
New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams smiles during a event in Brooklyn on June 21, 2021, the eve of New York City's primary election day(AFP)

UPDATE: The Associated Press reported that election officials "have retracted their latest vote totals for the Democratic primary for mayor. They say 135,000 test ballots were inadvertently included in the count."

A recently released statement from New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams (D) appears to employ similar language used by former President Donald Trump to dispute the 2020 election results.

"The vote total just released by the Board of Elections is 100,000-plus more than the total announced on election night, raising serious questions," Adams said in a statement. "We have asked the Board of Elections to explain such a massive increase and other irregularities before we comment on the Ranked Choice Voting projection. We remain confident that Eric Adams will be the next mayor of New York because he put together a historic five-borough working class coalition of New Yorkers to make our city a safer, fairer, more affordable place."

As with many elections, numbers increase as ballots are counted.

See the full statement below: