Rangel slightly leading Espaillat in unofficial primary results
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.