The Rangel/Espaillat Race Might Be Much Closer Then We Think
On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Congressman Charlie Rangel had the primary election in the bag. Against eleven counts of ethics violations, voters once again handed one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus a victory, sealing up his 22nd term as a member of the House of Representatives. His opponent was State Senator Adriano Espaillat, a public figure looking to become the first Dominican-American on the Hill.
Now, even with those 2,110 uncounted ballots in mind, Espaillat still needs to own the recount with at least 69 percent of the votes favoring him. Also, there are a bunch of absentee ballots that are still streaming into the BOE's offices. His supporters have argued that the ballots are coming from Espaillat-favored neighborhoods but, even so, it will be very difficult for him to pull this one away from Rangel.
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