It looks like Rep. Charles Rangel will hold on to his seat after beating back a tough primary challenge from state Senator Adriano Espaillat. Michael Scotto filed the following report for NY1.
Rep. Charles Rangel was so antsy, he started addressing the crowd before he was even projected to be the winner.
"Let's all sweat this one out together," Rangel said.
In the end, Rangel beat back a tough opponent in state Senator Adriano Espaillat. For months, the two were locked in a bitter battle, one that was so fierce, it appeared Rangel would end his political career in the hands of defeat. In fact, even as the results were coming in, Rangel was biting his nails.
"I was scared as hell," Rangel said. "The numbers weren't going right."
The tough fight was marked by accusations of race-baiting, and Rangel had to contend with a demographic shift in his district and one-time supporters abandoning him for his opponent.
"For the public officials and others that decided that their political futures relied on the way my political district was cut, they made just one big of a damn mistake," Rangel said.
For now, the 84-year-old Rangel is preparing to get back to work in Washington and plan a long-awaited trip to Paris with his wife.
Scotto: Are you going to book those tickets to Paris tomorrow?
Alma Rangel, Charles Rangel's wife: Absolutely.
Charles Rangel: Not tomorrow.
Alma Rangel: Not tomorrow.
With no Republican on the ballot in November, Rangel's projected victory means he will begin serving his 23rd and final term next year.
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