DeSantis Sets Special Election To Replace Late Dem Rep For 2022, Seat Will Have Been Left Open For 9 Months

The Tampa Bay Times reports:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week announced that the special election to replace Rep. Alcee Hastings, who died last month, will take place in January 2022. Democrats urged DeSantis to fill the seat quickly — arguing that leaving a majority Black and heavily Democratic seat in Broward and Palm Beach counties unoccupied for months deprives hundreds of thousands of Floridians of representation in Congress.

The open seat also creates complications in Washington, where House Democrats can afford only two defections within their ranks to pass bills with their 218-212 majority over Republicans in the House of Representatives. Hastings’ seat will be vacant for more than nine months once it is finally filled in January. The void is about four months longer than the last U.S. House seat that became vacant in Florida following the death of a sitting member of Congress.

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