If New York’s 13th congressional district has taught us anything about elections, it’s this: Just because the demographics are in your favor doesn’t mean you can win the election.
Despite the wide margin, Espaillat has not conceded, claiming Tuesday night that the election “was too close to call.”
In a bizarre, longwinded 45-minute victory speech to his supporters last night, Rangel said that he made “so many promises to my wife and I’m going to have to start producing.”
This is likely to be Rangel’s last political victory, as he plans to retire after this term in office. Espaillat also nearly defeated Rangel in the 2012 Democratic primary, losing by only about 1,000 votes.
With the nomination, Rangel is all but guaranteed a general-election win in the heavily Democratic district.