The Miami-Dade Mayor? race: all about the Benjamins

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This chart is pretty much all you need to know about the race for interim mayor of Miami-Dade County, according to Joy Reid of The Reid Report:

Any questions?

Okay, maybe there is one more thing: the Marlins stadium. It could emerge as a central issue in the campaign, where Carlos Gimenez, who is vacating a commission seat, could overcome public distaste for the commission based on his consistent opposition to the stadium, while front runner Julio Robaina could get tripped up by his past support for the stadium, as Hialeah mayor in 2009 ?on tape ?not to mention his other issues.

The other leading candidates, Marcelo Llorente, and Jose ?epe?Cancio, are playing the ?utsider?card ?which could be easier for Llorente because he? young, and doesn? seem to have had any major blow-ups when he was a state rep, while Cancio has ahistory (trivia bit: Cancio? daughter Marili ran unsuccessfully in the primary against troubled U.S. Rep. David Rivera.) But in the end, with the race looming on May 24th, there isn? much time to make a county-wide case if you don? have the cash.

Robaina has the cash, and the Hialeah base.

If he manages not to draw any more negative headlines, you? have to consider him the favorite.

Meanwhile, you?e got to wonder why Democrats aren? even playing, given that the county is majority Democratic ?yes, the seat is non-partisan, but a good old college try wouldn? have been such a bad thing. Goes to show you that the Democrats?biggest problem in Florida remains the lack of a deep bench of candidates with enough personal wealth, or fundraising ability, to make things happen quickly.

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