Charlie Rangel Wins Primary

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.