Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick has won the special election in Florida’s 20th Congressional District to succeed the late Alcee Hastings in Congress with nearly 79% of the vote. Her win will seat her for the remainder of the current Congress through year-end, however, she will have to run for re-election in the current midterm election cycle to retain her seat beyond this year.
In more election news, winners in Tuesday’s three special elections to fill vacancies in the state legislature were Rosalind Osgood winning the Democrat’s primary in Florida’s 33rd Senate District, the general election will take place March 8th. In the 88th state House District race, Democrat Jervonte Edmonds and Republican Guarina Torres will advance to the general election. In-State House District 94, Democrat Daryl Campbell won the open primary and will represent the district.
In other news, Governor DeSantis’ State-of-the-State address opened Florida’s 2022 legislative session on a theme of Florida being the “Freest state in the country”. As expected, he outlined priorities including support for education, law enforcement, the environment, and sales tax holidays including a newly proposed $1 billion gas tax holiday.
On Tuesday, Florida reported 47,709 new COVID-19 cases which lowered Florida’s weekly average for daily cases for the first time since the onset of the omicron surge. The weekly average for daily cases is now 63,896. South Florida remains the epicenter of the spread in the state. Miami-Dade has the highest population-adjusted case count in the state followed by Broward with Palm Beach County 6th.