NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — State Sen. Adriano Espaillat has conceded to longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel.
Espaillat’s campaign said he called Rangel Thursday to offer his congratulations.
“I want to express my deepest appreciation for all of the efforts of my supporters and volunteers on my campaign for Congress,” Espaillat said in a statement. “Even though I will not be representing the 13th District in Congress, I will continue to fight for opportunity for all.”
Tuesday night, Espaillat said the election was too close to call and was holding out hope that outstanding absentee and affidavit ballots could put him over the top.
The Associated Press declared the 84-year-old Rangel the winner on Wednesday. Rangel led Espaillat 47.4 percent to 43.6 percent, a difference of fewer than 2,000 votes, with 100 percent of the vote counted in unofficial results.