New York City Board of Elections
The leading candidate in a special election for a Queens City Council seat has increased his margin to 80 votes.
More than 100,000 New Yorkers applied for absentee ballots. Board of Elections Commissioner J.C. Polanco admitted the board is backlogged because he said they are understaffed.
State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican-American to serve in the state Legislature, would have become the first Dominican-American in Congress if he had prevailed.
After a ballot count that ended on Saturday, New York City Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez said that the 82-year-old congressman received 18,940 votes.
The 13th Congressional District race appeared decided last week on election night, with Rangel seemingly holding a sizable lead. But the vote margin shrank, leading some to wonder if state Sen. Adriano Espaillat conceded too soon.
New York Rep. Charles Rangel’s margin of victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary has narrowed to less than 3 percentage points, but his campaign expressed confidence that he would still win.
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