Cherfilus-McCormick has built her campaign around progressive policies such as “Healthcare for All” and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. It has also adopted a universal basic income, a policy popularized by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and has proposed offering monthly checks of $1,000 to Americans who pay tax increases for the wealthy. In Congress, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota introduced a bill to provide most Americans with a universal basic income, although it did not gain traction.
Given the area’s demographics—it’s one of only two majority-black seats in Florida—and its voting patterns (Biden won 77% of the vote there in 2020), a victory in the primaries made Cherfilus-McCormick the favorite on Tuesday’s special. general elections. She also enjoys a significant financial advantage thanks to her personal wealth. It loaned her campaign about $6 million while Mariner had raised about $100,000 as of mid-December, according to campaign finance reports.
Cherfilus-McCormick is the CEO of Trinity Health Care Services, a home health care company in Miramar. In a financial disclosure filed in December, it stated that it earned $6.4 million in 2021.
Hastings died in April after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. His electors, mostly black and Latino, have been without representation in the House of Representatives for 280 days since his death. Democrats have accused DeSantis of deliberately delaying the vote to deprive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of crucial votes in the narrowly divided room.
It won’t be long before Cherfilus-McCormick is forced onto the campaign trail again as she will have to defend her seat in November. First, though, she’ll have to win the nomination again. Holness, the primary opponent who finished second, has already run for the regularly scheduled Democratic primaries for the midterms, setting up a second game with Chervilus McCormick in August.
County boundaries are subject to change when Florida lawmakers finish finalizing new congressional maps this spring.
This story has been updated with additional information.