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Rangel Celebrates Though Primary Too Close To Call

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June 27, 2014 AT 4:46 AM
U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, the 84-year-old "Lion of Harlem," took the stage on his final primary night before a victory had been declared, saying he wanted to "sweat it out" with his supporters in a Harlem ballroom. What followed was an unprecedented nearly hour-long, folksy speech that was part thank-you, part real-time political analysis and, eventually, part declaration of victory even though the race between the 22-term congressman and his challenger state Sen.