BROWARD COUNTY, Florida. – Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday in Broward and Palm Beach counties to decide who will occupy the US congressional seat once held by the late Democrat Alcee Hastings.
The special election for House District 20 pits Democratic candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick against Republican rival Jason Mariner.
Cherfilus-McCormick won the crowded Democratic primary by a very slim margin after promising voters monthly stimulus checks of a thousand dollars.
Broward’s health director also spent around $ 4 million on her own campaign, which she addressed after her first victory.
“The money we put in was to make sure we could reach people in the community,” she said. “But money didn’t determine this election because most of the people who put a lot of money into their campaigns – they don’t win.”
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His challenger appeared on “This Week in South Florida” this weekend, calling the proposed stimulus checks unrealistic.
“I think it’s not only unlikely Congress will ever accept it, I think it’s impossible, and God forbid, it had to happen. This would lead to even higher inflation, ”Mariner said.
The election comes just a day after local leaders visited the Opa-locka postal processing center following primary problems that prevented hundreds of ballots from being counted.
“We had a situation in November which was decided by only five votes. And then we received 287 stamped ballots before the election date, ”said Joe Scott, Broward Election Supervisor.
Officials reassured voters they could trust the postal voting system.
“With a little encouragement, we managed to get them to accept more communication and dialogue,” said Democratic Representative to the United States, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
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