Rep. Charles Rangel will sit down with Bill Thompson tonight in New York City to discuss whether there is a path forward for the former NYC comptroller in the mayor’s race.

Rangel told me today on Capitol Hill that he will be joined by Reps. Gregory Meeks and Hakeem Jeffries and other prominent supporters of Thompson, two days after Public Advocate Bill de Blasio came out on top in the Democratic primary.

“If the supporters believe that there’s no way rationally that he can overcome what happened in the primary then, of course, the quicker we solidify the better it is,” said Rangel

But Rangel and Meeks said they first want to determine whether the yet-to-be-counted votes favor Thompson or de Blasio.

“We have to find out if de Blasio, who is a great candidate and would be a good mayor, has received forty percent, so everything we talk about is moot,” said Rangel. “But the counting of the ballots is so far ahead that we gotta plan now as to what if anything we are gonna do.”

Meeks brushed off suggestions that a runoff would give the advantage to Republican Joe Lhota.

“Whoever the Democratic nominee is will be the next mayor,” said Meeks.