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Not So Fast: City Councilman Believes Espaillat May Beat Rangel When All Votes Are Counted

Ydanis Rodriguez: Numbers Will Be 'Completely Different' When All Said & Done
Congressman Rangel Holds Primary Night Watch Party (credit: Getty Images)

Congressman Rangel Holds Primary Night Watch Party (credit: Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New York City councilman asserted Thursday that when it’s all over, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and not Rep. Charlie Rangel will emerge the victor in the 13th Congressional District.

While City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez isn’t jumping to any definitive conclusion yet, he isn’t yet conceding that Rangel is the winner of the tightly-contested race that is currently separated by a little more than 1,000 votes with 94 percent of precincts reporting.

“We believe that at the end of this process, the numbers of this election will be completely different from the numbers provided on June 26,” Rodriguez told 1010 WINS.

In addition to the remaining 6 percent of votes that must still be counted, officials haven’t counted about 2,300 affidavit ballots, which are those from voters whose names were not on the rolls when they came to vote.

Rangel declared his primary victory Tuesday night, telling supporters “I’m so grateful.”

“I was pleased to see that a lot of people knew me, there was a connection,” he said, adding that his incumbency helped. “When you’re there for four decades, it’s kind of hard for you to not be known by most people.”

Meanwhile, Rodriguez also blasted the state Board of Elections for delaying the rest of the counting and wants an investigation.

“We are calling for federal monitors to come and see what’s going on at the New York City Board of Elections,” he told 1010 WINS. “I hope that the Board of Elections or anyone that has anything to do with the Board of Elections can correct any error that happened.”

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