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Charlie Rangel Defeats Adriano Espaillat In New York Democratic Primary For Congress

06/25/2014 03:57 pm ET | Updated Jun 25, 2014
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Rep. Charlie Rangel defeated state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in the New York Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District.

Rangel, who also faced off against Harlem minister Rev. Michael Walrond Jr. in the primary, previously said he was confident he'd beat Espaillat, whom he defeated in the 2012 Democratic primary by fewer than 1,000 votes.

Rangel, a member of Congress since 1971, failed to nab The New York Times' endorsement, but was backed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former President Bill Clinton. The Times also chose not to endorse Rangel in 2010 and 2012.

Had he won both the primary and the general election in November, Espaillat could have been the first Dominican-born member of Congress. As HuffPost's Amanda Terkel and Samantha Lachman reported earlier, Espaillat had been hitting Rangel over his pro-corporate votes, calling him "a friend of Wall Street and not a friend of 116th Street or 181st Street."

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