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Tuesday’s special primary election for a South Florida Congressional seat has a long list of candidates

By: - November 2, 2021 2:55 pm

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Update from the South Florida Sun Sentinel: With almost all votes tallied in the race to replace the late Alcee Hastings, Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness and Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, CEO of a home health care company, were effectively tied in Tuesday’s primary. The Sun Sentinel reported early Wednesday morning that Cherfilus-McCormick had 11,635 votes to Holness’ 11,644. 

Today is primary voting day for a South Florida Congressional seat — the 20th district — with nearly a dozen candidates vying to replace the late Alcee Hastings.

U.S. Rep. Hastings, a longtime Democrat who broke several barriers in a career that spanned decades, died April 6, with candidates scrambling to replace him in Washington, D.C.

The 20th Congressional District covers portions of Broward and Palm Beach counties and is considered heavily Democratic. The district’s population is more than 800,000, and more than half of the residents are Black, according to U.S. Census data. Given that the candidates are largely Black, it’s likely that a Black Democrat will go to Congress.

There’s a Republican primary Tuesday as well,  but the Democratic primary is the major race.

The list of candidates include current or former state lawmakers, including Bobby B. DuBose, Perry Thurston and Omari Hardy.

DuBose and Thurston took in total receipts of more than $400,000 by mid-October — DuBose with $419,082 and Thurston at $457,628, including a loan, by mid-October, according to Federal Election Commission finance data. Thurston used more of the money, while DuBose still had more than $100,000 in cash on hand by mid-October.

Omari Hardy had receipts of $172,406 and still had almost $60,000 in cash on hand by mid-October.

Other candidates also have served as public officials, including Dale Holness and Barbara Sharief, at the Broward County Commission.

A list of other candidates and additional info is here.

You also get campaign finance data from the FEC.

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Diane Rado
Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.