I’m following two congressional primaries in the Empire State — one Democratic and one Republican.
On the Dem side, Charlie Rangel narrowly trails challenger Adriano Espaillat in the early returns in the 13th District.
On the Republican side, Frank Scaturro, whom I endorsed here, narrowly trails the establishment candidate Bruce Blakeman in the 4th District.
Blakeman tried to disparage Scaturro by tying him to Arlen Specter based on nothing more than the fact that Frank was a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee when Specter was its chairman. To make matters worse, it turned out that Blakeman contributed money to Specter’s campaigns.
It doesn’t get much sleazier than that.
UPDATE: A third of the precincts are now counted in both races. Blakeman has pulled out to 57.5-42.5 lead. Rangel and Espaillat are virtually tied.
MORE: Blakeman is now well ahead of Scaturro in the 4th District. He will be the Republican nominee.
Rangel is about 2,500 votes ahead of Espaillat with almost 90 percent of the precincts reporting, so it looks good for him in the 13th District.