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Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

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June 24th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Charlie Rangel's last fight has been his hardest

New York (CNN) – He says it's his last fight. And it's been his hardest.

After 43 years in Congress, New York Rep. Charlie Rangel said the campaign for his 23rd term is his final one.

The 84-year-old "Lion of Harlem" wants two more years in Washington, but on Tuesday, voters will decide if his time is up.

He's a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the former chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

But the legend of Harlem politics is on shaky ground.

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