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Rangel, Long, Meng, Jeffries, Velazquez Declared Winners In Primaries

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Congressman Charles Rangel survived a tough primary fight Tuesday and will have a chance to retain the seat he's held for 42 years.

The 82-year-old Democrat was declared the winner in his primary challenge against State Senator Adriano Espaillat, former Clinton aide Clyde Williams, retired executive Joyce Johnson and former model Craig Schley.

According to the Associated Press, with 94 percent of precincts reporting, Rangel has approximately 44 percent of the vote to Espaillat's 41 percent. Williams received 10 percent of the vote, Johnson received 3 percent and Schley received 1 percent.

The 82-year-old Rangel was energized in his victory speech.

"There've been all kinds of questions asked of me in the last few minutes," he said. "Most of them is 'How do you feel?' And I cannot find words to describe that."

Espaillat praised his supporters for their hard work.

"In 12 weeks, we were able to energize the community, we were able to bring all of you together," he said. "We were able to build hope for this community, and we came short."

Meanwhile, attorney Wendy Long was the winner of the Republican primary for a chance to unseat U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

According to AP reports as of 12:30 a.m., with approximately 96 percent of precincts reporting, Long has 51 percent of the vote, compared to 36 percent for Congressman Bob Turner and 13 percent for Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.

After her victory speech, Long told NY1 she is ready to give Gillibrand a tough fight.

"Big victory. We're ready to take on Kirsten Gillibrand," she said. "She keeps saying she wants more women in politics and tonight we're here to grant her her wish. I'm ready to take her on."

In Queens, Assemblywoman Grace Meng was declared the winner in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District seat.

According to AP numbers as of 12:30 a.m., Meng had 51 percent of the vote with 89 percent of precincts reporting. Assemblyman Rory Lancman had 28 percent, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley had 16 percent and Dr. Robert Mittman had 5 percent.

"This is an important win for our shared priorities and our shared understanding that what's different about all of us here in Queens is nothing compared to what we all have in common," Meng said.

Queens Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries was declared the winner over City Councilman Charles Barron for the nomination in the 8th Congressional District.

As of 12:30 a.m., with 98 percent of precincts reporting, AP numbers say that Jeffries leads with 72 percent of the vote to Barron's 28 percent.

Jeffries hopes to replace Congressman Ed Towns, who is retiring.

"We overcame adversity here in New York City in the aftermath of September 11th," he said. "I'm confident that we can overcome adversity again with striking a new chapter. We're going to leap forward. This is a fresh start. I'm going down to Washington to do the people's business."

"There's something bigger than politics, and that's a movement of the people and we have established that here tonight," Barron said in his concession speech.

And in Brooklyn, longtime Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be on the ballot again in November after being declared the winner in the Democratic primary in the 7th Congressional District.

AP numbers as of 12:20 a.m. showed that with 97 percent of precincts reporting, Velazquez had 58 percent of the vote. City Councilman Erik Dilan has 31 percent, economist Dan O'Connor has 8 percent and activist George Martinez has 3 percent.

"It's a victory that belongs to the people of the 12th Congressional District," Velazquez said.

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