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Rangel Wins Primary in Redrawn New York Congressional District

Charles Rangel, who has represented New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in Congress for more than 41 years and once served as chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, survived a Democratic primary challenge in his redrawn district.

Rangel led state Senator Adriano Espaillat by 45.2 percent to 39.8 percent with 84 percent of the unofficial vote count reported by Associated Press. Democrats make up about 97 percent of the district, so winning the primary almost ensures that Rangel, 82, the co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, will return to Washington in 2013 for a another two-year term.