Something's Rotten in Harlem

Charlie Rangel's victory over Adriano Espaillat is in danger, and now Espaillat is calling shenanigans:

It's now emerged that, in the initial count, the New York City Board of Elections recorded zeros in 79 of the thirteenth district's 506 precincts. Many of those districts are in Dominican neighborhoods that leaned heavily toward Espaillat. The candidate said many of his family members found their names weren't in the election books on Tuesday, and the advocacy group LatinoJustice PRLDEF said an unusually high number of bilingual poll workers were transferred to other precincts that day for no apparent reason. The reports led some to question whether there might have been some underhandedness on the part of the long-serving congressman.

Espaillat says he went to bed thinking he lost by 20 points. He actually gave a concession speech. Rangel's lead is now below two percent. 
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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