Charlie Rangel Wins Primary

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26:  Congressman Charles Rangel arrives to supporters at his campaign headquarters after polls have closed in his race for the Democratic primary challenge in New York's 15th congressional district on June 26, 2012 in New York City. After a more than four-decades-long congressional career, Rangel fought for the Democratic nomination in a newly re-drawn congressional district that is no longer dominated by African Americans. The 82-year-old Rangel was locked in a race Tuesday for the nomination in his Harlem-area district with New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Espaillat, a 57-year-old Dominican-American, has shown growing popularity in a district that now has more Latino-Americans than African-Americans.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    Charlie Rangel fought off four challengers to win the Democratic nomination for a 22nd term in Congress. The 82-year-old Rangel, who was first elected to Congress in 1970, was censured by the House Ethics Committee in 2010 and found guilty of 11 counts of ethical violations. Rangel’s district had been extended from Harlem to the Bronx, which gave it a Hispanic majority. In his victory speech, Rangel said, “If they didn’t think after 42 years that I was the best qualified, I promise them that in the next two years they’ll have no question about the fact that we elected the best.” In Brooklyn, controversial City Councilman Charles Barron lost his primary to Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries.

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