Maybe The Rap Song Worked: Charlie Rangel Wins Senate Primary

June 26, 2014  |  

Despite the efforts of a persistent opponent in State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Sen. Charlie Rangel has once again clinched a spot on the ballot for the midterm elections later this year. Once again, it was close: Rangel had 47.1 percent of the vote, Espaillat 43.6 percent. Espaillat is holding off on a concession because it will take until the middle of next week to count the absentee ballots and affidavits. But The New York Times are saying the differential between the two is too large for Espaillat to overcome.

Rangel, at 84 years old, says this will be his last election. In many ways, whether he wanted to or not, this probably would have been his last chance for office. The demographics of Harlem have changed such that the black political machine that was at one time in place has gotten older and been replaced by a more diverse, more gentrified district that isn’t nearly as enthusiastic about him as voters of yesteryear were. In many ways, even those loyal Rangel voters have grown weary of him.

“The parishioners—especially the older ones—adored Rangel, and they appreciated the old man’s fighting spirit, but many of them told me it was time for the curtain to fall on his 43-year political career,” Politico reports. “’I’ll pull the lever for him one more time,’ said James Williams, a 70-year-old deacon at Antioch. ‘But I hope this will be the last time. Let’s give some new people a chance.’”

In an attempt to gather a few more votes, Rangel released a comical rap song earlier this week. But it’s The Daily Show’s take on election night that’s truly hilarious. Footage below.


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