Breaking Down Rangel's (Slim) Lead

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) prepares to vote in the Democratic Primary for the 13th congressional district of New York on June 24, 2014 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) prepares to vote in the Democratic Primary for the 13th congressional district of New York on June 24, 2014 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Congressman Charlie Rangel has declared victory in New York's 13th congressional district Democratic primary. But he only leads Adriano Espaillat by about two thousand votes, and a significant number of absentee ballots have yet to be counted. WNYC political reporter Brigid Bergin and Data News team's John Keefe break down the politics and data of the super-close race.


Brigid Bergin and John Keefe

Comments [9]

J yates from New York, N.Y.

It is appalling how there was a segment on an immigrant High School student who has challenges passing the American history exam and it was stated how the election process of voters were divided along racial lines. Since when have Dominican's been considered a race. It seems a history lesson is needed not the one taught in school which leaves out the real history of the races but I would expect a radio journalist to be more educated. It is obvious that Espaillat is a Afro-Latino, most Dominicans I have met and see are Black. So state it correctly, it is not racial it is cultural. Most Dominicans are darker than most of the African Americans I know, and again you are saying race, what race would you consider them if it is obvious they have African blood; more than mine as a extremely light skinned blue-eyed, narrow featured African American female. Have you noticed the African features on Espaillat. Maybe you need a visit to The Schomberg to learn about the slave trade or a trip to Egypt. Arturo Schomberg was an Afro-Latino as well.

Jun. 25 2014 06:58 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

44 years in power....

Jun. 25 2014 10:31 AM
Grita from Harlem Bronx

Amazing listened to almost all of this piece and can't recall hearing anything about any actual policy political issues, this is the problem! How the media and even you Brian Leherer team do these pieces! Would have been good to learn more about their respective positions on the Empowerment Zone for example and how subsidies would be impacted by either of their positions.

Jun. 25 2014 10:21 AM
CR from Manhattan

The question about how he represents his constituency is completely irrelevant. Charlie Rangel serves only himself.

The only thing the media should discuss about Charlie Rangel is his corruption; the tax evasion, the property deals, the fundraising, etc. And the questions about how a man who earns $174K a year can afford condos in the DR, multiple investment properties in NJ, NY etc., how a man making what he makes qualify for rent control really should come up.

Rangel really ought to wear a toga.

Jun. 25 2014 10:19 AM

He would not have been re-elected if redistricting after 2010 had not stripped out upper west side voters from his district. His new district is pure and unadulterated.

Jun. 25 2014 10:19 AM

Do a segment on his fine accomplishments.

Jun. 25 2014 10:18 AM
antonio from baySide

Don't forget Rangel is half Puerto Rican, so that may have played a role in getting that group...

Jun. 25 2014 10:10 AM
David from Washington Hts

My ED 71086 reports only 14 votes. There were more than that number voting there at about 11 am.®ion=photo-spot&WT.nav=photo-spot

Jun. 25 2014 10:06 AM

This one's going to die in office.
Democracy? what democracy?

Problems from a one party state.

Jun. 25 2014 08:33 AM

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