Cherifilus-McCormick Defeats Holness in Democratic Special Election

Cherifilus-McCormick Defeats Holness in Democratic Special Election

Progressive House Caucus appears to have grown

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
November 13, 2021

After counting all remaining overseas and military ballots in the Democratic primary race in Florida’s 20th congressional district ‘special election,” it appears that businesswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick has defeated Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness by 5 votes.

Even with his big lead in Broward County, Commissioner Holness, who was endorsed by the late-Rep. Alcee Hastings (D), could not overcome those few votes to become the Democratic congressional nominee, and presumably the next member of the U.S. Congress.

Cherifilus-McCormick was able to best Holness in Palm Beach County, where there were considerably fewer registered Democrats than in Broward.

After a mandatory machine recount in both counties, and after counting all the aforementioned overseas and military ballots, Progressive Cherfilus-McCormack nudged out the more moderate Holness 11,662 to 11,657.

Now the controversial Cherifilus-McCormick will take on Republican Jason Mariner in the special election to be held on Jan.11.

Cherifilus-McCormick is the hands-down favorite to win the contest in the minority-heavy congressional district.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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