Espaillat concedes to Rangel in tight NY primary

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Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 2:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Adriano Espaillat (ah-dree-AH'-noh ehs-peye-YAHT') has conceded to longtime U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel in a tightly contested Democratic primary that divided their New York City congressional district along demographic lines.

Espaillat's campaign says he called Rangel to offer his congratulations on his victory.

Thursday's call came a day after The Associated Press declared the 84-year-old Rangel the winner.

Rangel led the state senator 47.4 percent to 43.6 percent, a difference of fewer than 2,000 votes, with 100 percent of the vote counted in unofficial results.

In a statement, Espaillat says he's running for re-election to state Senate.

Rangel didn't wait for Espaillat's concession or official confirmation before declaring victory. He proclaimed himself the winner during an unorthodox, hour-long primary night speech.

He says this will be his last term.

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