Democratic primary for Hastings’ seat in Florida House was heading for a recount

The Democratic primary for the late Rep. Alcee HastingsAlcee (Judge) Lamar Hastings, New Mexico, Democrat Stansbury swore in Haaland’s old seat. House Democrats unveil $ 0.9 billion to increase security after the uprising Carter swore in as a member of the House of Representatives to replace Richmond, filling in the Democrats’ majority MORE‘s (D) South Florida House seat is heading for a recount.

With 100 percent of the districts reporting, Health Chief Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick leads Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness by 23.8 percent to 23.7 percent, a margin of only 31 votes.

Under Florida’s election law, races that are within a voting margin of 0.5 percentage points or less trigger an automatic machine count. When the margin is 0.25 points or less, a hand count is required.

None of the nine other Democrats in the race fall into that margin. Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief currently holds 17.7 percent of the vote, while State Senator Perry Thurston holds 14.7 percent of the vote. No other candidate broke double digits in the election.

The eventual winner of the Democratic primary is almost certain to continue to occupy Hasting’s seat next year. Hastings, who served in the House for nearly three decades, died earlier this year after battling pancreatic cancer.

The special election for Florida’s 20th District, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, is set for Jan. 11. Republican Jason Mariner defeated another GOP rival, Greg Musselwhite, on Tuesday in the district’s Republican primary.

If the recount maintains Cherfilus-McCormick’s lead, it will mark her first success across three separate bids for Congress. She previously ran against Hastings in the Democratic primary in 2018 and 2020.

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