Rangel slightly leading Espaillat in unofficial primary results

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Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) speaks to the media after voting in the Democratic Primary for the 13th congressional district of New York on June 24, 2014 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The 84-year-old congressman faces a tight Democratic primary election against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel is slightly ahead in early and unofficial results in the Democratic primary for New York’s 13th Congressional district.

Rangel is leading state Sen. Adriano Espaillat 47.3 percent to 44.6 percent with about 46 percent of the vote counted Tuesday night.

The 84-year-old Rangel is asking voters for a 23rd and final term in Congress.

Espaillat is bidding to become the first Dominican-born member of Congress.

The two men also squared off in 2012, a primary Rangel won by about 1,000 votes. This year’s primary was contentious, with accusations of racially-charged language.

Rangel is known as the “Lion of Harlem” and has been a liberal voice for a district that was once heavily African-American but is now majority Hispanic.

1 Comment

  • Harlemite Fourever

    Sadly, most of local White news media wants Rangel to lose, forgetting that Harlem has always been ethnically diverse though predominantly African American and Puerto Rican American. That has not changed in the 61 years since I’ve been born and raised in Harlem. We may be gentrifying again, but it’s a gentrification that is just as Black, Brown, Beige and White as always. Get over it White media, and let Harlem continue to be Harlem.

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