The debate over these three ballots has delayed Broward County from publicizing the results of its manual recount. Cherfilus-McCormick held a two-vote lead after a machine recount, according to vote tallies posted on the websites of the Broward and Palm Beach supervisors of elections. She gained one vote from Palm Beach County’s manual recount.
Cherfilus-McCormick and Holness emerged as the top voters in a crowded primary to replace Hastings, a civil rights icon and the state’s first Black federal judge who died in April at age 84. The race for the relatively safe blue seat that spans parts of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach attracted 11 民主党人, including state Reps. Bobby Dubose and Omar Hardy.
The Hastings family endorsed Holness, but he was outspent 10 至 1 by the self-funded Cherfilus-McCormick, who pumped a staggering $ 3.7 million into her race. Cherfilus-McCormick had mounted unsuccessful primary challenges against Hastings for the seat in 2018 和 2020.
The winner will face Jason Mariner, who won the Republican primary earlier this month.
The special election will be held January 11. Florida Democrats have expressed displeasure at Gov. 罗恩·迪桑蒂斯, 共和党人, for scheduling the election so far after Hastings’ 死亡, leaving the majority Black district without representation for nine months.
CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to specify which ballots can arrive for up to 10 选举日后的几天.