Did Charles Rangel win his primary race on Tuesday night or not?
Incredibly, it still isn't clear. A slew of snafus, mysterious missing precincts, and a failure to count some absentee and provisional ballots leaves the issue in doubt.
In an interview, Vazquez, the spokeswoman for the embattled Board of Elections, defended the office's efforts, saying that it had simply followed the vote counting process as prescribed by city law.
The reason six percent of votes had not yet been tabulated, Vazquez said, is that the police officers tasked with providing an unofficial record of the data from those precincts after securing voting boxes on election night had not done so. Once election workers downloaded voting files from each precinct to reach an official total, Vazquez said, a complete count would be reached.
On Friday morning, Vazquez said a final tally would arrive by 2 pm that day. That hour, however, came and went without any results. By the end of the day, there was still no news.
While election workers continued the tedious task of reviewing ballots, there were indications that tensions between the Rangel and Espaillat camps were beginning to escalate.
From Espaillat's backers came accusations that Rangel's powerful supporters were influencing the vote counting, slowing the process down and preventing the challenger's side from receiving information. And they say they are particularly concerned about the remaining six percent of ballots that have yet to be counted - which, they contend, come from areas where the state senator receives the most support.
I'm sure they'll get it all sorted out. And remember - there is no such thing as voter fraud in America.