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Adriano Espaillat: first Dominican-American in the Congress PDF Stampa E-mail
Scritto da Viola Manuela Ceccarini   
Giovedì 30 Giugno 2016 06:56

Tags: Adriano Espaillat | Charlie Rangel | Congress | Viola Manuela Ceccarini

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State Sen. Adriano Espaillat declared victory in the Democratic primary race to succeed Rep. Charlie Rangel on Tuesday night, as he clung to a lead of just over 1,000 votes against his closest rival, Assemblyman Keith Wright.

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"Tonight the 13th congressional district made history," said Espaillat,

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who stands to become the first Dominican-born member of Congress, at a raucous victory party in Inwood. "The American Dream is still alive."

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Preliminary results showed Espaillat winning 37 percent of the vote to Wright's 34 percent, with the remainder divided among seven distant challengers.

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Wright refused to concede at a party in Harlem, saying, "this race ain't over."

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State Sen. Adriano Espaillat won a historic Democratic congressional primary in Harlem Tuesday, defeating retiring Rep. Charles Rangel’s handpicked candidate in a bitterly fought race.

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Espaillat beat Rangel-backed state Assemblyman Keith Wright 36.7 to 33.1 percent to take the nomination in the heavily Democratic district and now has a virtual lock on winning November’s general election.

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“The voters of the 13th Congressional District made history tonight here in New York City” Espaillat told supporters.


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Wright had the backing of Rangel and other prominent leaders in a district that has remained a black stronghold even as the number of Latino residents has grown.

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