Charlie Rangel Wins Last-Minute Endorsement From Governor Cuomo

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26:  Congressman Charles Rangel speaks after declaring himself the winner in the 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, showed growing popularity in a district that now has more Latino-Americans than African-Americans.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Representative Charlie Rangel has been shunned by prominent Democrats (specifically, Mayor de Blasio and President Obama) in his bid to win a 23rd term in office, but with just two days to go until the primary, Governor Andrew Cuomo threw his support behind the 84-year-old congressman. "His experience, seniority, and steadfast commitment to improving the lives of New Yorkers continue to make him a critical voice in standing up to the Tea Party extremism that is threatening to take over Washington," Cuomo said in a statement. Coincidentally, a new Siena College poll shows Rangel beating State Senator Adriano Espaillat by 13 points.