By DEEPTI HAJELA | Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Rep. Charles Rangel's margin of victory in Tuesday's primary in New York continues to shrink.
By midday Wednesday, the lead for the 82-year-old Democrat had shrunk to 1,228 votes, a 3 percentage-point lead over his nearest competitor, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, according to unofficial results compiled by The Associated Press.
Early Wednesday morning, Rangel held a lead of about 5 percentage points.
Rangel, who was first elected in 1970, faced one of his toughest fights.
He was tainted by an ethics scandal that led to his censure in the House of Representatives.
And new district lines made the district majority Hispanic, seemingly favoring Espaillat, who was bidding to become the first Dominican American in Congress.