NEW YORK (AP) — New York Congressman Charles Rangel's margin of victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary has narrowed as election officials complete the count.

Final but incomplete returns gave Rangel a 2.8 percentage point margin over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (ay-dree-AH'-noh es-pil-AHT'), a native of the Dominican Republic. Rangel had led by double digits on election night.

An unknown number of absentee ballots, plus returns from 33 of the district's 506 precincts, remain to be counted before the vote is certified next month.

Rangel faced one of his toughest fights since being elected to Congress in 1970.

He was tainted by an ethics scandal that led to his censure in the House in 2010. Redistricting also made the district majority Hispanic, seemingly favoring Espaillat.
 

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