Pancreatic Cancer

Recount likely in Democratic primary for congressional seat [Video]

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Democratic primary in a special election to determine who will fill the seat left vacant after the death of U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., remained too close to call Wednesday.

A recount is likely on the Democratic side between top vote-getters Dale Holness and Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick after Tuesday’s special primary election for Florida’s 20th Congressional District.

The candidates are vying to fill the late congressman’s seat. Hastings, who was first elected to Congress in 1992, died of pancreatic cancer in April.

Jason Mariner is the projected winner of the Republican primary, defeating Greg Musselwhite, who unsuccessfully challenged Hastings in the 2020 general election.

Why a recount?

Under state law, races that are within a vote margin of 0.5 percentage points or less trigger an automatic machine recount. Any margin of 0.25 points or less requires a hand recount.

As of Wednesday morning, Holness had 11,644 votes to …

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