By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
HARLEM — Could it be another Bush v. Gore?
Thousands of votes for State Sen. Adriano Espaillat have yet to be counted in his bid to unseat longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel, according to Upper Manhattan City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who said that once they are counted, Espaillat will emerge the winner of Tuesday’s contentious Congressional primary.
“I don’t want to jump to any conclusion yet, but I’m confident that after we get to the 100 percent and we get to the affidavit votes…the results of this election will be complete different than the ones that are given so far,” Rodriguez, a close Espaillat ally, told DNAinfo.com New York from the Board of Elections headquarters, where he had gathered with several other community leaders Thursday morning to observe the count.
While the Associated Press and other outlets had declared Rangel the winner late Tuesday night, his lead has tightened considerably as votes continued to be tallied. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, just 1,032 votes now separate the candidates — a margin of 2.6 percent.