Charles Rangel headshot, as US Representative of New York, New York City
By Susan Davis, USA TODAY
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., survived a hard fought primary to secure his party's nomination to seek a 22nd term this November. He is all but certain to win in his heavily Democratic Harlem-based congressional district.
is the third most senior lawmaker serving in the U.S. House and he has
faced little re-election trouble in four decades, including after he was censured in 2010 for multiple ethics violations.
2012 redistricting process, however, added an influx of new Hispanic
voters to create a Hispanic majority district for the first time. The
new district gave state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, a Dominican American who
would be the first to serve in Congress, an opportunity to mount a
challenge reliant on Hispanic voters' support.
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fell short on Tuesday, but his bid highlighted lingering political
fallout surrounding Rangel and his past ethical troubles. President
Obama notably did not endorse Rangel in his primary, despite the
lawmaker's efforts to align himself with the president. Obama remains
highly popular in the district. On Tuesday, White House spokesman Jay
Carney was asked if the president was supportive of Rangel.
"I don't think our position on that has changed," Carney said.