Morning Round-up: Charlie Rangel

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June 27 2012 8:40 AM

Morning Round-up: Charlie Rangel

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Congressman Charles Rangel speaks after declaring himself the winner in the race for the Democratic primary challenge in New York's 15th congressional district on June 26, 2012 in New York City. After a more than four-decades-long congressional career, Rangel fought for the Democratic nomination in a newly re-drawn congressional district that is no longer dominated by African Americans. The 82-year-old Rangel was locked in a race Tuesday for the nomination in his Harlem-area district with New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Espaillat, a 57-year-old Dominican-American, showed growing popularity in a district that now has more Latino-Americans than African-Americans.

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Senator Orrin Hatch successfully fended off a Tea Party challenge in Utah, defying the trend of incumbents getting picked off by the movement.

Fresh Quinnipiac poll numbers put Obama up over Romney in the three critical battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida, suggesting he's weathered the storm of tough economic news rather well.

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Rick Santorum is going back to Iowa to say thanks for the support his presidential run received there.

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries easily dispatched controversial City Councilman Charles Barron in their Brooklyn congressional primary.

And Charles Rangel won the Democratic primary in Harlem last night despite his ethics troubles, meaning he'll get a 22nd term in Congress.

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Matt Taylor is a reporter living in Brooklyn. He was the political correspondent for the National Memo and a staff reporter at his hometown newspaper, The East Hampton Star. He's a contributor to Newsweek/The Daily Beast. You can reach him on Twitter @matthewt_ny

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