After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, veteran Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Delray Beach) passed away yesterday morning. Mr. Hastings came to the House with an election victory in a 1992 open seat campaign and served until his death. He had been a federal court judge but was impeached due to financial impropriety in 1989. He then ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State in 1990 before winning election to the House two years later.
Mr. Hastings was the dean of the Florida congressional delegation and served as Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) will schedule a special election to replace the late Congressman. Parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties comprise the 20th District, which is heavily Democratic (Biden ’20: 77-22%). Therefore, the Democratic nomination battle will be the key campaign to watch.
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