Rangel primary victory assures him one more hurrah

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NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Charles Rangel has emerged from a bruising primary in his self-proclaimed last campaign squeaking to victory.

With 100 percent of the vote counted in unofficial results, Rangel led state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (ah-dree-AH'-noh ehs-peye-YAHT') 47.4 percent to 43.6 percent, a difference of fewer than 2,000 votes.

The Associated Press called Rangel the primary winner based on information Wednesday from the city Board of Elections on ballots cast that were not included in the election night tally. The number of absentee and provisional ballots wasn't sufficient for Espaillat to make up the difference.

The official vote count in the Democratic primary won't begin until July 2.

Espaillat hasn't conceded, and his team has said it could mount a legal challenge.

Rangel says he's "fired up and ready to go!"

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