Charlie Rangel declares victory over Adriano Espaillat in Dem primary

The 22-term congressman says he's fended off the New York State senator for the second time

Topics: Adriano Espaillat, Charles Rangel, Harlem, House of Representatives, New York, New York City, Democratic Party, Election 2014, ,

Charlie Rangel declares victory over Adriano Espaillat in Dem primaryCongressman Charles Rangel (Credit: AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Longtime House Democrat Charlie Rangel declared victory on Tuesday night, claiming that he had defeated New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in the Democratic Party primary for the 13th Congressional District, reports CBS New York.

At the beginning of a lengthy speech that eventually segued into a declaration of victory, the 84-year-old congressman explained to supporters that he was joining them with only 70 percent of precincts reporting because he wanted to “sweat this one out together” with them.

After more than half-an-hour of unscripted speech, Rangel called on Rep. Gregory Meeks to declare Rangel the winner.

For his part, Espaillat told his supporters that results “were too close to call.” He soon thereafter left his campaign headquarters without further announcement.

Rangel previously defeated Espaillat in a Democratic Party primary battle, besting the state senator in 2012 by less than 2,000 votes.

 

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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