Charlie Rangel defeats primary challenger Espaillat


Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) flashes a thumbs-up after voting in the congressional primaries. (Richard Drew/AP)

Longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) has defeated state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in a hotly contested Democratic primary held Tuesday.

The Associated Press called the race for Rangel Wednesday afternoon. The 22-term congressman declared victory late Tuesday night. But Espaillat had not conceded at that point, leaving at least some uncertainty about the outcome.

With all precincts reporting, Rangel outpaced Espaillat 47 percent to 44 percent.

Read more about Rangel's race here.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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