Sharpton cancels rally with Rep. Rangel, runner up

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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 5:03 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 29 at 5:03 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers have abruptly canceled Saturday's unity rally featuring Rep. Charles Rangel and the state lawmaker he edged in a bitter campaign for a 23rd term.

Rev. Al Sharpton's organization announced the cancellation Friday. They said Sharpton will instead rally with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

The 84-year-old Rangel and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat had agreed to attend the rally and were expected to pledge to work together to serve the community.

Spokeswomen for Rangel and Espaillat both said they were unaware of the cancellation prior to the Sharpton announcement.

Neither indicated their candidate had withdrawn.

Espaillat conceded Thursday, a day after The Associated Press declared Rangel the winner in Tuesday's primary.

Rangel led Espaillat by fewer than 2,000 votes, with 100 percent of the vote counted in unofficial results.

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