The New York City Board of Elections has completed its hand count of several thousand provisional and absentee ballots from the thirteenth Congressional District Democratic primary race, and Charlie Rangel appears to have maintained his slim lead over challenger Adriano Espaillat. The final tally has Rangel at 18,940 votes — 990 more than Espaillat, who ended up with 17,950. Still, Rangel’s camp has not yet declared victory because the “incompetent” board has been prevented from certifying the results without a judge’s permission. So, there’s still a chance we could get our very own mini–Bush v. Gore.
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