Will race divide African-Americans and Latinos at the polls?

by Caryn Freeman
When the dust settled after the 2010 census and states began to redraw their congressional districts, meanwhile, politicos and pundits hit the airwaves speculating on the impact the demographic shift would have on the 2012 elections. Last week, in the New York democratic primary, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Congressman Charles Rangel, the third most senior member in the House of Representatives, went toe to toe in an historic primary that could become a bellwether for other districts that have seen similar demographic shifts that favor Latinos.

In last Tuesday's primary Rangel was declared the winner. However, just one week later Rangel's lead has decreased significantly and Espaillat is now formally challenging the results. Some are calling for a re-vote after voters complained of being misled at the polls and the Espiallat campaign charges the Board of Elections mishandled ballots. NBC Latino has examined the racial implications of the Rangel v. Espiallat showdown and is asking if this race could be the first phase of a political rivalry gripping America's two largest minority groups.

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