Published On: Wed, Jun 27th, 2012

Charles Rangel holds off State Senator Adriano Espaillat for House run

Nicknamed the “Lion of Harlem,” Charles Rangel fought off State Senator Adriano Espaillat in a close primary to run for the House of Representatives, overcoming scandals and controversy.

Portrait of US Rep. Charles B Rangel public domain

“I’m just glad my community had the confidence in me,” the 82-year-old congressman said in his gravelly voice after his victory over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat was called. He was up 45% to 39% with about 85% of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

NY1 reported on all of the primaries and the candidates’ responses.

“There’ve been all kinds of questions asked of me in the last few minutes,” Rangel said. “Most of them is ‘How do you feel?’ And I cannot find words to describe that.”

Espaillat praised his supporters for their hard work.

“In 12 weeks, we were able to energize the community, we were able to bring all of you together,” he said. “We were able to build hope for this community, and we came short.”

Meanwhile, attorney Wendy Long was the winner of the Republican primary for a chance to unseat U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/rep-charles-rangel-holds-win-state-15th-congressional-district-narrowly-beating-state-sen-adriano-espaillat-article-1.1102956#ixzz1yzyoOKyW

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