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Rangel Overcomes Early Hole, Declares Victory In Democratic Primary

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A number of hotly-contested races were held Tuesday on primary day, including the much anticipated showdown between Rep. Charles Rangel and his opponent, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

Rangel declared victory over his opponent Tuesday night. With 84 percent of the vote counted, Rangel was up 45-40 in the race for the newly-formed 13th Congressional District.

I am so grateful for the support, Rangel said Tuesday night.

I was pleased to see that a lot of people knew me, there was a connection, he said, adding that his incumbency helped. When youre there for four decades, its kind of hard for you to not be known by most people.

Earlier in the day, Rangel said hes still the man for the job despite being censured at one time by the House for ethics violations.

The one reason why I think its important that I be allowed to extend the service to my country and the Congress and my district is because of the times that we find ourselves in the Congress. Never before have we faced such a fiscal crisis, Rangel said.

...Rangel was convicted of 11 ethics violations in 2010, including failure to pay some taxes and using congressional resources to raise money for an academic center bearing his name. At a hearing in front of the ethics committee, Rangel apologized for any embarrassment Ive caused you individually and collectively as a member of the greatest institution in the world.
Rangel is an excellent representative of Democrats in his district...

He's an embarrassment, and now his party constituents have just proved they're an embarrassment, too...Match made in heaven...
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