No one on Charlie Rangel’s side will say it publicly. No one is particularly interested in being negative days before finding out for real. The New York primary is Tuesday, June 26.
But the word on the street is this: Charlie Rangel’s race against State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Clyde Williams is expected to be close. Of course there have been polls conducted. Rangel’s side has been quiet about the results. As reporters write story 371,982 regarding “end of an era” possibilities, there is no hard evidence one way or the other about how Rangel will do.
Incumbents always have an advantage. Six other CBC member have crushed their opponents this primary season. Out of 43 Black members in Congress, only 4 have a chance of losing. Rangel should have much better organization than Espaillat or Williams. But Rangel is running in a majority Hispanic district for the first time in his 42 years in Congress.