Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., survived a hard fought primary to secure his party’s nomination to seek a 22ndterm this November. He is all but certain to win in his heavily Democratic Harlem-based congressional district.
Rangel is the third most senior lawmaker serving in the U.S. House and he has faced little re-election trouble in four decades, including after he was censured in 2010 for multiple ethics violations.
The 2012 redistricting process, however, added an influx of new Hispanic voters to create a Hispanic majority district for the first time. The new district gave state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, a Dominican American who would be the first to serve in Congress, an opportunity to mount a challenge reliant on Hispanic voters’ support. In an effort to win the congressional seat Espaillat supporter Vince Morgan sent this “Hang’em Up” flyer (left) the day of the election.
Espaillat fell short on Tuesday, but his bid highlighted lingering political fallout surrounding Rangel and his past ethical troubles. President Obama notably did not endorse Rangel in his primary, despite the lawmaker’s efforts to align himself with the president. Obama remains highly popular in the district. On Tuesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked if the president was supportive of Rangel.
“I don’t think our position on that has changed,” Carney said.
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