House Democrat wins special election in Florida

Health care CEO Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick has been elected to the United States House of Representatives for the state of Florida in a special election. 

According to The Washington Times, the newly elected Democrat was elected to take the place of the late Democratic Florida U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings in a move that allows for a slight uptick in House Democrats’ slight majority. 

“Cherfilus-McCormick defeated Republican Jason Mariner in the 20th Congressional District, which is firmly Democratic. Hastings was the longest-serving member of the Florida delegation before he died in April of pancreatic cancer,” the Times reported. 

Democrats in Cherfilus-McCormick’s constituency outnumber Republicans almost five to one with the district covering areas in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

However, while the turnout for the special election was expected to be between 12 to 14 percent, there were less than 9 percent of voters who cast both mail-in and in-person ballots. 

While the recent addition to the Democrat side of the aisle assists House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hold on the House with a 222-212 majority at present, it’s unlikely that the margin will hold in the upcoming midterm election: 

“The win will make little difference, however, for the Democrats’ $2 trillion social and environment bill, now stalled in the evenly divided Senate because of objections by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The package is opposed unanimously by Republicans,” the Times reported. 

While some of the open seats will in all likelihood stay with the party they currently favor, the relative deluge of longtime Democrats who’s 

incumbency virtually guaranteed their win is causing Democrats some unease going into a traditionally tough election for the White House’s party.

However, the heat might already be too much for the aging House speaker with rumors flying that Pelosi might already have one foot out the door after more than three decades in politics.