The state of Florida is once again in the midst of a recount, following Tuesday’s election as Congressional District 20 is still deciding who will replace congressman Alcee Hastings who died of pancreatic cancer this year.
At first counting, Democratic candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick held the lead over fellow DNC member and Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness by just 31 votes (11,372-11,341 votes), according to Politico.
The Washington Examiner reported that the narrow difference in votes jumpstarts an automatic recount under Florida law, something that Americans have become accustomed to since the 2000 presidential elections caused the state’s voter laws to be put under a microscope.
District 20’s out-of-season election will put the DNC champion against Republican nominee Jason Mariner to decide who holds the congressional seat in a January election.
CEO of healthcare company Trinity Health Care Services Cherfilus-McCormick, who is a Haitian American and familiar with the nature of Washington, D.C. politics, has advocated healthcare reform in the nation’s capitol.
“With every door that opened she took each opportunity to advocate for children with disabilities, healthcare expansion and economic development,” according to her campaign website . The CEO lost to the Democratic nominee Hastings last year.
Holness is a native of Jamaica and moved to the United States as a teen, going into real estate and co-founded All Brower Realty before being elected to the Broward County Commission in 2010.
Tuesday’s election was not without turmoil, as hard-fought election results stream in from Virginia, New Jersey and in Minnesota. Florida’s congressional race was on among several unusual situations on the off-year Election Day ballots.