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June 24, 2014

Charlie Rangel Opponent Calls Him ‘Liability’ for Democrats

Charlie Rangel Opponent Calls Him Liability for Democrats

Rangel faces another tough primary challenge Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat challenging longtime Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., in Tuesday’s primary, called his opponent a “liability” for the party, saying the congressman’s past ethical issues have crippled his ability to be effectively serve.

“Right now, [Rangel] cannot get us to the majority,” Espaillat told Chuck Todd Tuesday morning on “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC. “I doubt very seriously that any marginal Democrat in a tough race would take his support.”

Espaillat, Rangel and Pastor Michael Walrond will face off Tuesday in a primary in New York’s 13th District, based in Harlem and the Bronx. Last cycle, Espaillat came within 1,000 votes of defeating Rangel.

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June 23, 2014

6 Things to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries

6 Things to Watch in Tuesdays Primaries

As part of Tuesday's primaries, Cochran, center, faces a tea-party-challenger in a runoff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mississippi Republicans and New York Democrats face a similar quandary Tuesday: Hold onto an old political hand and his seniority in Congress, or turn the page to a new era?

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., have challenges from their own party that headline this week’s bevy of primaries — the last crop of contests until later this summer. Beyond the fate of these two longtime pols, Tuesday’s results will test a House GOP program for female candidates in primaries, as well as decide a handful of races in Colorado, Florida and New York.

Here is what to watch for in these contests: Full story

June 22, 2014

Members Rally for Charlie Rangel in Tuesday Primary (Video)

Members Rally for Charlie Rangel in Tuesday Primary (Video)

Charlie Rangel faces another primary challenge on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s become cliché to describe Rep. Charles B. Rangel as being “in the fight of his political life.” ‬

That’s because the New York Democrat’s previous battles have been plentiful and perilous: ethics violations, House censure, and a 1,086-vote margin in last cycle’s primary.

Rangel faces another challenge — a rematch against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat — in Tuesday’s primary. His congressional allies are increasingly confident he will survive this too, but the challenges he faces in his Harlem-based district remain precarious.

“My gut is that the momentum is on Charlie Rangel’s side,” said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a Thursday interview with CQ Roll Call.

“If you remember, he was walking with a cane, he had been in and out of hospitals,” she added of his 2012 primary against Espaillat. “This time, he is not sick. He’s the old Charlie, with lots of energy and lots of optimism and lots of hard work.”

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June 13, 2014

Pre-Primary Reports Filed for Charlie Rangel, Mike Coffman and Many More

Pre Primary Reports Filed for Charlie Rangel, Mike Coffman and Many More

Rangel faces a competitive June 24 primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fundraising reports filed Thursday by candidates running in the June 24 primaries revealed eleventh hour insight into the financial viability of embattled incumbents and their challengers.

The reports, covering campaign finances from April 1 to June 4, show whether campaigns have money, how quickly they are spending it and how much cash they had for the final stretch.

After a tumultuous week, in which House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary, here is a look at the financial side of the races to watch in less than two weeks: Full story

June 1, 2014

Cheat Sheet: House and Senate Primaries in June

Cheat Sheet: House and Senate Primaries in June

McDaniel is challenging Cochran in the June primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After a relatively unsurprising series of primaries this month, June brings another collection of intraparty contests. More than half of the states will have selected their nominees by the end of the month.

Republicans will pick nominees in key Senate races in Mississippi, Iowa and South Dakota. Down the ballot, House primaries in several open seats will likely determine the future members of Congress from both parties.

Here is Roll Call’s comprehensive look at watch to watch in June. Bookmark this page, and check out our primary map for results from past primaries.

June 3
With primaries in eight states, this date marks the busiest night of the cycle.

Alabama: In the 6th District, seven Republicans are running in an open-seat race to replace retiring GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus. This district is located in and around Birmingham. State Rep. Paul DeMarco is the front-runner, followed by Club for Growth-backed surgeon Chad Mathis and businessman Will Brooke. If no candidate garners at least 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will continue to a July 15 runoff. Polls close at 8 p.m. EST. (Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call Race Rating: Safe Republican)

California: In this House race battleground, the top-two vote recipients, regardless of party, advance to the general election. Republicans will also pick a gubernatorial nominee who could have an impact down the ballot in November. Polls close at 11 p.m. EST. Here are the primaries to watch in the Golden State:

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May 8, 2014

House Democratic Women to Headline Rangel Fundraiser

House Democratic Women to Headline Rangel Fundraiser

Rangel faces a competitive June 24 primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A little more than a month out from New York’s primaries, three female House Democrats are hosting a New York City fundraiser on behalf of Rep. Charles B. Rangel, who is again facing a stiff intraparty challenge.

New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney emailed Rangel’s supporter list Thursday with the subject line, “Women Can Count on Charlie Rangel.” The postscript read: “On May 22, I’m hosting a fundraiser at my house for Charlie with Congress Members Nita Lowey and Terri Sewell. Will I see you there?” Full story

February 27, 2014

Rangel Primary Challenger To Announce Rematch

Rangel Primary Challenger To Announce Rematch

Rangel's 2012 primary challenger is running again in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat is scheduled to announce at noon Thursday that he will once again challenge 22-term Rep. Charles B. Rangel in New York’s 13th District.

Rangel narrowly defeated Espaillat, another Democrat, in 2012. The New York state legislator’s candidacy for the Harlem and Bronx-based district was widely expected. Full story

December 19, 2013

Charlie Rangel to Seek Re-Election in 2014 (Updated)

Charlie Rangel to Seek Re Election in 2014 (Updated)

Rangel said he will seek another term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., announced Thursday he will seek a 23rd term in an op-ed he wrote for the New York Daily News.

While most political operatives brush off any notion that Rangel would leave office on his own will, he cast some doubt about his congressional future in an email to supporters earlier this week.

“I have been contemplating my own future and the role I want to play in the fight with my family,” he wrote on Sunday. “I plan to make a decision shortly and will announce before the holidays. Please stay tuned.” Full story

September 23, 2013

Rangel Gets Fundraising Help From His Committee Friends

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., has no obvious electoral challenger, but some of his House Democratic colleagues are busy helping him bulk up his campaign bank account for 2014.

Rangel, 83, has long been the target of retirement rumors and recently confirmed he’s searching for a successor. This year, Rangel reported a lousy first quarter but rebounded in the next three months by raising almost $200,000.

Eight members of the House Ways and Means Committee are set to attend a fundraiser in his honor in early October, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call. Rangel’s cocktail party fundraiser is scheduled just after the third quarter’s Sept. 30 fundraising deadline.

“I am so honored that my dear friend Congressman Sandy Levin and many of my colleagues from the Ways & Means committee are hosting a fundraiser to support me,” Rangel wrote in an email to supporters. Levin is the ranking member of the committee.

Here is the invite:

 

Rangel Gets Fundraising Help From His Committee Friends

 

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July 9, 2012

New York: Adriano Espaillat Concedes (Again) to Charlie Rangel

New York: Adriano Espaillat Concedes (Again) to Charlie Rangel

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, seen here campaigning last month, conceded again to Rep. Charlie Rangel today, bringing the contentious primary officially to a close. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D), the top rival to Rep. Charlie Rangel in a bitter and closely contested primary, today conceded the race for the second time.

Espaillat also said he was dropping a lawsuit regarding the vote-counting in the June 26 race. On Election Day, it appeared Rangel had won by a wide margin, but further counting of ballots found the race to be much closer.

“My attorneys have advised me … that the math just doesn’t work. It’s virtually impossible for the results to change,” Espaillat said at a press conference today, according to a tweet from the New York Observer. Full story

July 6, 2012

New York: Charlie Rangel Vote Drama Deepens

Updated 6:38 p.m. | Longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel probably received more votes than any other candidate in June’s contentious and close 13th district Democratic primary in New York. But that doesn’t mean the 21-term Member has won renomination to his seat just yet.

The ongoing drama continued today as the New York City Board of Elections counted votes in the Harlem and Bronx-based district. With more ballots left to count, Rangel’s lead widened to more than 1,000 votes, according to a local reporter.

But the most interesting news came from a column in today’s New York Daily News. Columnist Juan Gonzalez said there were some apparently unusual meetings held between a BOE official and Rangel aides.

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July 5, 2012

New York: Charlie Rangel Vote Drama Continues

New York: Charlie Rangel Vote Drama Continues

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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. Full story

July 2, 2012

New York: Court Hears Charlie Rangel Ballot Challenge

New York: Court Hears Charlie Rangel Ballot Challenge

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There’s a bit of a worm in the apparent Big Apple primary victory of storied Rep. Charlie Rangel (D).

Rangel originally appeared to have beaten his top competitor, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, by a wide margin. The New York City Board of Elections now says that with normal ballots counted, Rangel is up by only 802 votes, or about 2 percent of votes cast.

But with more than 2,000 other paper ballots, such as provisional and absentee (from city voters as well as military service members overseas), as yet uncounted, his margin could shrink.

The results are still unofficial and there is a possibility, if very slight, that Rangel didn’t actually win the election. Or, at least, that there could be a recount. Full story

By Joshua Miller Posted at 4:44 p.m.
House 2012, N.Y.-13

June 26, 2012

New York: Charlie Rangel Survives Primary Challenge

New York: Charlie Rangel Survives Primary Challenge

(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Twenty-one-term Rep. Charlie Rangel, the Democratic icon who chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, survived the fiercest primary challenge of his career Tuesday night.

Despite a seemingly perfect storm of circumstances that swirled against the New York lawmaker this cycle, the force of incumbency and his long history in the district propelled him to victory against his top challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

“No one was able to make a compelling case for why voters should take a chance and vote for someone different, which would mean the loss of seniority and perceived loss of power,” New York Democratic strategist Basil Smikle said. Full story

June 22, 2012

New York: Report Says Andrew Cuomo Endorses Charlie Rangel

New York: Report Says Andrew Cuomo Endorses Charlie Rangel

Rep. Charlie Rangel (above) was endorsed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Powerful New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) today endorsed New York Rep. Charlie Rangel’s re-election bid,  the Empire State political blog Capital Tonight reports.

Rangel, facing a daunting Democratic primary challenge on Tuesday in the reconfigured 13th district, is seen by New York Democratic insiders as increasingly vulnerable as the result of a lackluster campaign.

There’s a growing sense among New York politicos that the 82-year-old Democratic icon, who was first elected in 1970, could well be unseated. His top competitor is ambitious state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who, if elected, would become the first Dominican-American Congressman. Also on the ballot are Clyde Williams, a former national political director at the Democratic National Committee, retired business executive Joyce Johnson, and frequent candidate Craig Schley.

The winner of the Democratic primary is almost certain to be the winner of the general election in November, given the heavy Democratic lean of the Harlem-anchored district.

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