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Obama won't endorse in Rangel-Espaillat race

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NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama won't be making an endorsement in the Democratic primary for New York's 13th Congressional District.

Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Czin noted Monday that Obama also did not make an endorsement in the race in 2010 and 2012.

Czin added, however, that Obama believes Rangel advocates for quality affordable health care, fair wages and opportunity for all his constituents.

On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threw his support to Rangel.

Rangel's opponents include state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Harlem minister Michael Walrond Jr.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio once managed a Rangel campaign but has not made an endorsement. De Blasio has chided Rangel for referencing Espaillat's ethnic background.

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