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Rangel NY congressional primary too close to call

June 25, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Democratic primary race between U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel and challenger state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (ay-dree-AH'-noh es-pil-AHT') is too close to call.

With 99 percent of the vote counted in unofficial results early Wednesday, Rangel leads Espaillat 47.4 percent to 43.7 percent. There's a difference of fewer than 2,000 votes out of about 47,000 votes cast.

The Associated Press is not declaring a winner because the city Board of Elections is unable to say how many absentee and affidavit ballots are outstanding. The board says no further information on those ballots will be immediately released.

The counting of those paper ballots can take up to two weeks. That process will begin later Wednesday.

Rangel declared victory at his Harlem election night party late Tuesday. Espaillat has not conceded.



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