- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - State Assemblyman Keith Wright has conceded in the Democratic primary race to replace Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel.

At a press conference on Thursday, Wright congratulated state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (ah-dree-AH’-noh ehs-peye-YAHT’), who currently holds a small lead with more than 90 percent of the vote counted.

Wright met with Espaillat and Rangel at the famed Sylvia’s restaurant in Harlem and later said it was now time to come together.

The assemblyman had the backing of Rangel and other prominent black politicians in a district that has remained a stronghold for black politicians for generations even as the number of Latinos grew.

Rangel won his congressional seat in 1970 by defeating Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in a Democratic primary.

Espaillat had failed to knock off Rangel twice before in Democratic primaries.

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