BY Kathleen Lucadamo, Erin Einhorn, Adam Lisberg and Glenn Blain
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
"This is my life, my career," Rangel said yesterday at a campaign stop in East Harlem.
Rangel, a 20-term congressman battling ethics charges, is being challenged by Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell 4th and three other Dems.
Powell, a 10-year state lawmaker and the son of the man Rangel beat in 1970, also has ethical baggage: He's twice been accused of rape and was convicted of impaired driving.
"We're looking for a big victory," Powell said. "Rangel is no longer that powerful."
The others in the race are activist Joyce Johnson, gadfly Jonathan Tasini and banker Vince Morgan.
Maloney is up against newcomer Reshma Saujani in a battle for the upper East Side. The two raised more than $4 million, making it one of the most expensive House primary races.
Towns, of central Brooklyn, is defending against Kevin Powell, an ex-MTV star who hopes to be "the first true hip-hop head in Congress."