Charlie Rangel Survived

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18:  U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) participates in a television interview before the House went into recess for the Thanksgiving break on November 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. With a deadline looming, the Joint?Select Committee on?deficit?Reduction will continue working to cut trillions of dollars from the budget before the Thanksgiving deadline.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Photo: Mark Wilson/2011 Getty Images

With all of the remaining ballots counted, Charlie Rangel’s 990-vote lead is enough to convince his Democratic primary opponent Adriano Espaillat that this dragged-out race is over. Espaillat will concede this afternoon, Capital New York reports, although he’s not taking back claims that voter suppression accounted for his narrow loss to the 21-term congressman, who for the first time did not carry a majority in the redrawn district. As a consolation prize, Espaillat will now get to defend his State Senate seat from two potential challengers.