Sen. Adriano Espaillat
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.
A tally released by the New York City Board of Elections over the weekend showed Rangel with a lead of 802 votes and about 2,000 absentee or other ballots still to be counted.
While 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
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.
Primary night featured a number of intriguing races in New York and ended with some new faces entering the political fold and other veterans declaring they still have what it takes to do the job.
Earlier in the day, Rangel said he’s still the man for the job despite being censured by the House for ethics violations.
There were a number of hotly contested Democratic primaries that were getting voters to the polls on Tuesday, especially in the racially and ethnically diverse 8th Congressional District in Brooklyn and Queens.
Rangel campaigned in the Norwood section of the Bronx touting his experience, but in Washington Heights, Espaillat said the times and scandals have caught up with the incumbent.
Just days ago, he was pleading for his life on the steps of City Hall. Now on Christmas Eve, Octavio Estevez and his family have a place to live and a chance at a future together.
Separately, hundreds of protesters marched from Washington Heights to Zuccotti Park today – roughly 11 miles – in an effort to drum up support and involve folks from other parts of the city.
Prosecutors say a Maryland man posed as a diplomat from the Dominican Republic in a fund-raising scam brought to light by a New York state senator.