Charlie Rangel, the 22-term Harlem congressman who was suppose to breeze back into the House, is in the political fight of his life, according to reporting by the New York Daily News.
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Rangel sent a fund-raising letter to his supporters on Monday as his rival, New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, heads to court to challenge last week’s primary vote.
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Rangel was declared the victor by 2,300 votes, but his lead dropped to 802 after delayed counting in some precincts heavy with Espaillat backers were tallied. More the 3,000 absentee ballots and affidavits must be tallied on Thursday by the Board of Elections, making the Democratic primary winner of the city’s 15th Congressional District less uncertain.
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“By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that my race is completely not over. It’s been days since primary day, yet there are still votes to be counted,” Rangel wrote in an email to supporters.
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“To my surprise, my opponent’s campaign pounced on me on Friday, saying that I had somehow stolen their votes! I’m completely baffled by the situation and the way my opponent has been reacting.”