Did Charlie Rangel Unseat Adam Clayton Powell III?

Rep. Charlie Rangel said over the weekend that he didn’t unseat his predecessor–Adam Clayton Powell III–who is also the father of one of Rangel’s current Democratic challengers.

“I really never unseated his father. His father left the community,” said Rangel. “And if you go and look at the records, you would see that Charlie Rangel ran for an empty seat.”

But a reader forwarded me this New York Times article from 1970, which seems to cast Rangel as clearly running against the incumbent before Powell left office.

Did Charlie Rangel Unseat Adam Clayton Powell III?