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Florida - 23rd District

Incumbent -- Alcee L. Hastings (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key
 

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

One of three black-majority districts in the state, the heavily Democratic 23rd stretches southwest from working-class Fort Pierce to the eastern shores of Lake Okeechobee and back east toward coastal hubs such as West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Most residents live in Broward County, and much of the area west of the Florida Turnpike, including a significant portion of the Everglades, is rural. The eastern borders of the 23rd tend to be several blocks off the coast, with the neighboring 22nd taking in much of the prime beachfront property.

Most urban areas in the 23rd -- such as Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Riviera Beach and portions of West Palm Beach -- contain largely black neighborhoods and attract local government employees, educators and other middle-class professionals. The 23rd is growing more diverse, drawing in many Hispanic and Caribbean immigrants -- the district's Hispanic population has grown by more than 40 percent in the last decade.

Citrus, sugar cane and rice growers work the large but sparsely populated rural portions of the district, some of which were recently converted to conservation land. The 23rd lacks a major employment sector, and the vulnerability of citrus crops to bad weather contributes to lagging income levels.

Democrats outnumber Republicans by a ratio of roughly 4-to-1, and voters routinely give Democratic candidates more than 75 percent of the vote in competitive statewide elections. Indeed, many heavily black precincts -- including some in western Fort Lauderdale and Lauderdale Lakes -- give Democratic candidates more than 90 percent of the vote. Overall, the district gave Barack Obama 83 percent of its presidential vote in 2008.

Major Industry

Agriculture, local government, service

Cities

West Palm Beach (pt.), 66,721; Fort Lauderdale (pt.), 63,838; Lauderhill (pt.), 54,985; Pompano Beach (pt.), 39,759; North Lauderdale (pt.), 39,507

notable

Lake Okeechobee, part of which is in the 23rd, is the second-largest freshwater lake contained wholly within the United States.

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