UPDATE: We may have a recount to determine who will replace the late Congressman Alcee Hastings. The democrat race between Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness leads Sheila McCormick is too close to call and may require an automatic machine recount. The winner will advance to the general election to face Republican Jason Mariner, who won his primary yesterday. The winner of January’s general election will replace Hastings, who passed away in April.
NEW: Florida’s bluest congressional seat will be decided by a few dozen votes.
The Democratic primary to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings was too close to call on Tuesday evening, with the leading two candidates headed to a potential recount. https://t.co/fhugKjfme4
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) November 3, 2021
Miami Beach’s mayor incumbent Dan Gelber was reelected yesterday, and a last call referendum he backed passed. Gelber supported a non-binding referendum to stop alcohol sales in parts of the entertainment district at 2:00 a.m. Gelber says the days of the all-night, hard party are over.
Precincts across South Florida are open today until 7:00 p.m. with elections for mayors, measures and one key congressional seat, the one held by the late Alcee Hastings.
Hastings died earlier this year after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Broward Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott says the District 20 race, which includes parts of both Broward and Palm Beach Counties, is a primary, so only registered Democrats or Republicans can cast ballots.
Only about 36-thousand people in the district of about 350-thousand active eligible voters have either cast a ballot-by-mail or early.
Here are the live results for the candidates vying for the District 20 seat:
Rep. Bobby DuBose, state Rep. Omari Hardy, Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, state Sen. Perry Thurston, former Palm Beach County commissioner Priscilla Taylor and activist Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick.
Greg Musselwhite was the party’s nominee against Hastings in 2020 and Jason Mariner.
The general election is set for January 11th.
There are several other key races including several municipal seats that will be voted on Tuesday.
Residents will decide mayoral races in Miami, Miami Beach, Hialeah and Sunny Isles Beach.
Several City commission seats are up as well.
Miami Beach voters will also decide whether or not to change the end time for alcohol sales and consumption in Miami Beach from all night to 2:00 a.m.
South Beach hospitality workers have been holding rallies against the “last call” referendum which they claim would cost businesses $227-million a year, leading to thousands of layoffs.
Bar owners say “Hey, we’re not responsible for all the crime, get more cops.”
The ban is supported by Mayor Dan Gelber who wants to rebrand the Entertainment District from an all-night, chaotic party scene into an art and cultural center.
Gelber is seeking a third term against four first-time candidates who all oppose the ban.