The Journal Gazette
Saturday, January 15, 2022 1:00 am

Special election, obvious outcome, familiar fallout

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Voters in Florida's 20th Congressional District went to the polls Tuesday to pick a successor to the late Rep. Alcee Hastings, who died in April.

It wasn't a surprise to the people of the district or the Sunshine State that Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick received 79% of the vote.

That district in south Florida is heavily Democratic. Seventy-seven percent of voters there chose Joe Biden for president over Donald Trump.

What did catch Floridians off guard was that Cherfilus-McCormick's opponent, Republican Jason Mariner, still hasn't conceded defeat. And he didn't quite poll 20%.

“Now they called the race, I did not win, so they say, but ... it does not mean that we lost,” Mariner said.

A CBS News affiliate in south Florida reported Mariner had filed suit, alleging a problem with ballots in Palm Beach and Broward counties many hours before the polls closed.

Of course, Mariner isn't the first political candidate to take electoral ungraciousness to the extreme.

But our mothers were right. No one likes a sore loser.

Candidates like Mariner should take in a Little League baseball game this spring to learn a little about sportsmanship.

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