Rep. Charlie Rangel Declares Victory!

rangel runWith 100 percent of the returns in, Rep. Charles Rangel is ahead of State Sen. Adriano Espaillat 47.4 percent to 43.6 percent in a primary election to secure the Democratic nomination for the 13th congressional district. The district includes upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx.

A third candidate on the ballot, Michael Walrond, the pastor at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, received about 8 percent of the vote. While he consistently polled in the single digits, Walrond had a built-in base from the 9,000 parishioners at his church, of which 70 percent live in the district, according to his campaign.

A first-time candidate, Walrond has worked in the community for 10 years, though he only moved to the district in January. Walrond often said he was running to offer voters a real alternative to career politicians.

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