Charlie Rangel wins (again)
By Aaron Blake,
New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D) conceded to Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) for the second time on Monday, bringing an end to a two-week-old drama over Rangel’s primary win.
A final count of the votes over the weekend showed Rangel leading Espaillat by 990 votes — more than 2 percent of votes cast in the Democratic primary and well outside the margin for a recount.
Congressman Charles Rangel arrives to supporters at his campaign headquarters after polls have closed in his race for the Democratic primary challenge in New York's 15th congressional district on June 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Espaillat initially conceded on election night, when it looked like Rangel was headed for an easy victory. Since then, though, the margin has narrowed significantly.
Espaillat had been suing for a re-vote, citing shoddy practices by the New York City board of elections. He is now dropping that legal challenge.
It appears as though Espaillat’s decision could pave the way for him to seek reelection to the state Senate this year. (Unlike most states, New York held its congressional primaries before state legislative primaries, which will take place on Sept. 13.)
Rangel, meanwhile, is virtually assured of a 22nd term in Congress.