Rangel, Espaillat Raise Near-Equal Sums In Race For Money

rangel1Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel and his chief rival, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, are running neck-and-neck in the race for campaign contributions.

Rangel raked in $272,000 in the first quarter of the year, while Espaillat wasn’t far behind, with $230,000, according to figures the campaigns released Tuesday.

The two Democrats also reported nearly identically amounts of cash left in their war chests.

Rangel had $223,000 on hand; Espaillat was sitting on $220,000.

It’s the latest sign that Rangel, a 22-term incumbent, is locked in one of the toughest election contests of his career.

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Espaillat boasted that his haul came from nearly 400 individual donors, with 46 percent of the total donations being $100 or less.

“I am proud of what we have been able to raise in such a short period of time,” said Espaillat, adding that it reflected a “broad coalition of support.”

A third candidate, Pastor Michael Walrond — an ally of Al Sharpton — raised $63,000 in the last quarter and has $74,000 in the bank (source).

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