Recount underway to determine winner of tight Florida congressional primary

In the wake of last year’s presidential race, many progressive politicians and pundits excoriated Republicans for refusing to accept the outcome.

Nevertheless, a hotly contested primary election in Florida this week resulted in two Democratic candidates fighting over the results.

Razor-thin margin separates two candidates

According to the Washington Examiner, the race pitted Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick against Dale Holness in their respective bids to represent the state’s 20th congressional district.

The district is considered a Democratic stronghold and was formerly held by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), who died earlier this year from pancreatic cancer.

Holness, a native of Jamaica, worked in real estate before he was elected Broward County commissioner three years ago.

His campaign encountered controversy after local news reports that his daughter was indicted on conspiracy and wire fraud charges related to COVID-19 funds. She recently pleaded guilty to the charges in federal court.

Cherfilus-McCormick served as the CEO of Trinity Health Care Services and has advocated for health care reform on Capitol Hill. As her campaign website proclaims: “With every door that opened she took each opportunity to advocate for children with disabilities, healthcare expansion and economic development.”

“I’ve never believed it was blue”

Politico reported that Holness trailed his rival by just 31 votes early Wednesday morning, which triggered an automatic recount. It was just the latest contested race in which a Democratic candidate failed to concede.

Progressive activist Stacey Abrams has spent the past several years disputing her loss in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. Her efforts to implement election reform measures have generally been met with praise by fellow Democrats and mainstream media outlets.

Of course, that reception stands in stark contrast to Trump’s claims that voter fraud impacted the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Most recently, the former president weighed in on the outcome of Virginia’s gubernatorial race. GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin posted an upset win over Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe.

“I’ve heard Virginia is blue, but I’ve never believed it was blue,” Trump said, adding that Youngkin “would have lost by 15 points” or more without his endorsement and the support of the “Make America Great Again” political movement.

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