Alcee Hastings is seeking a 15th term in Congress. He will face a GOP opponent in November.
Incumbent Alcee Hastings decidedly defeated challenger Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick in the Democratic primary Tuesday. Hastings will face a Republican opponent on Nov. 3 in a bid to win a 15th term in Congress representing U.S. House District 20.
With not all districts reporting, Hastings as of 8 p.m. led Cherfilus-McCormick 66.49% to 33.59%
The two faced off once before in 2018 when Cherfilus-McCormick lost to Hastings by 48 percentage points. Florida’s primaries are closed, which means only those registered with a particular political party may vote in that parties’ primary.
Cherfilus-McCormick, 41 is an attorney who runs a home healthcare business. Asked before Tuesday’s results if she would run again, she said she did not wish to comment until she sees the final tally from Tuesday’s vote. Hastings could not be reached for comment.
Hastings has long been a fixture in the heavily Democratic district, which includes portions of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
But in January, Hastings, 83, announced he was suffering from pancreatic cancer. Still, he outraised Cherfilus-McCormick by $400,000.
Hastings career, which includes 14 terms in Congress, has not been without serious tribulations. While working as a federal judge in 1989, Hastings was impeached and removed from office after being acquitted on charges of bribery and perjury.
In October, the U.S. House Ethics Committee investigated Hastings for having a sexual relationship with a staff member. The investigation was dropped after the committee found out Hastings had married the woman.
Hastings began his career as a civil rights lawyer before becoming a county and then federal judge then moving on to Congress. But Cherfilus-McCormick said because of his illness and lack of recent public appearances, this year would be a good time to challenge him.
In the Republican primary, Greg Musselwhite and Vic DeGrammont were running neck-and-neck as of 8 p.m., when the two were separated by only 97 votes.
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