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March 3, 2010

CHARLES RANGEL: THE BACK STORY

WIKI - In 1970, Charles Rangel ran for election to the U.S. House of Representatives, challenging long-time incumbent Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in the Democratic primary in New York's 18th congressional district. Powell had been an iconic, charismatic, and flamboyant figure who had become embroiled in an ethics controversy in 1967, lost his seat, then regained it in 1969 due to the U.S. Supreme Court decision Powell v. McCormack. In a field of five candidates, Rangel focused his criticism on Powell's frequent absences from Congress. In the June primary, Rangel defeated Powell by 150 votes out of around 25,000. Powell tried to take legal action to overturn the result, claiming over a thousand ballots were improper, but was unsuccessful; he also failed to get on the ballot as an independent. With both Democratic and Republican backing, Rangel won the November 1970 general election - against a Liberal Party candidate and several others - with 88 percent of the vote.


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