State Senator Adriano Espaillat said it in 2012: We need “new blood.” He said it again in 2014. Did it work? No. Younger, newer candidates do it all the time. They present the idea that being “new” and young in itself is a reason to vote for them. That’s what Espaillat did in his race against Rangel. For two cycles in a row it hasn’t worked.
Meanwhile, as Espaillat failed to actually present reasons why he should take Rangel’s place in Congress, voters perhaps concluded that if Espaillat wasn’t presenting reasons — he wasn’t better than Rangel. Typically when younger candidates win it’s because they merge youthful energy with policy ideas.
Meanwhile, two polls released in the media before the race that had Rangel ahead appear to have been accurate. Rangel won 47% to 44%. The Associated Press finally called the race today after it was clear last night Rangel was ahead by a margin — 1,800 — that was insurmountable.