The Fix: Charlie Rangel

Charlie Rangel wins (again)

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)

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Rangel opponent files for re-vote in increasingly tight primary

What at one point looked like a big primary night victory for Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) has gradually become a close race — enough so that Rangel’s opponent is now filing for a possible do-over election.

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat this week filed with the state Supreme Court seeking either a recount or a highly unusual redo of his June 26 primary with Rangel. Espaillat has lodged accusations of voter suppression and has pointed to faulty administration and vote-counting by New York City elections officials.

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., salutes surviving members of the Montford Point Marines, during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais — Associated Press)

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