Yahoo News reports:
Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick won Tuesday’s special election in Florida’s safely Democratic 20th Congressional District, defeating Republican nominee Jason Mariner 79 percent to 20 percent.
Cherfilus-McCormick will be sworn in as soon as Florida’s secretary of state certifies the results, giving Democrats a 222-212 advantage in the House, effectively meaning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can pass legislation without the votes of four Democrats rather than three.
Cherfilus-McCormick will be Florida’s first Haitian-American member of Congress. She replaces the late Alcee Hastings, the long-serving Democratic congressman who died from pancreatic cancer in April.
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As I reported back in November, Mariner, a felon, failed to go through the process required to restore his right to run for office. Florida officials shockingly did not care. Mariner has expressed support for displaying the Confederate flag and for red states to secede from the country.
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