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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
It’s Special Election Day in the race to succeed ex-Sen. Frank Artiles for Miami-Dade County’s Senate District 40 seat.
At some point tonight, either Republican Jose Felix Diaz, Democrat Annette Taddeo or no-party candidate Christian “He Man” Schlaerth will be celebrating victory.
No doubt some voters will be voting ABF: Anybody but Frank.
Artiles, you may recall, stepped down in April rather than face a hearing that could have resulted in his expulsion.
The Cuban-American Republican made national news, embarrassing his colleagues and constituents, after he accosted two black lawmakers with racially-charged language at a private club in Tallahassee in a dispute over legislation.
That was then; this is now.
Diaz, the former state Representative and odds-makers’ favorite, goes into Tuesday with a total raised of nearly $1.5 million in his campaign account, state finance records show, and an endorsement from the Miami Herald.
Taddeo, who most notably ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014 under Charlie Crist, posted a total of over $334,000, and gets to boast an endorsement from former Vice President Joe Biden, who recorded a get-out-the-vote call for her.
Schlaerth has raised $539 and shows $3,219 in loans.
Matt Isbell, a Democratic data consultant, sees turnout as the path for Taddeo in a district that, as of Sept. 5, had 100,705 registered Democrats, 93,185 registered Republicans, and 94,206 no-party voters.
The Herald noted in July: “As the primary turnout showed, ensuring voter enthusiasm in the district for the Sept. 26 general election is going to be a challenge—and margins will matter.”
“Democrats needs a strong election day surge, just like what they had in St. Petersburg, to propel Taddeo over the top,” Isbell said.