New York: Charlie Rangel Vote Drama Continues

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted July 5, 2012 at 5:31pm

Vote counting continued today in New York’s 13th Congressional district to determine who won the close Democratic primary race between Rep. Charlie Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

The Associated Press determined Rangel to be the winner by a comfortable margin on the night of the election, but by Saturday, his lead was down to 802 votes. The Board of Elections today began counting provisional and absentee ballots.

It still appears unlikely that the 21-term incumbent will lose the race, but the case is under review by a judge, who could call for a recount, or even a revote, if irregularities in the voting process warrant.

The judge, John W. Carter, released a ruling in Espaillat’s favor today, forbidding the New York City Board of Elections from certifying the results of the race until the court gave it the OK to do so.

He also set another hearing in the case, in which Espaillat is the petitioner, for Wednesday.

Here’s Carter’s order from today:

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