A liberal novice tries to shake the GOP’s house. Can the conservative heir hold it?
BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI
For many an election cycle, the Florida House district that stretches from northern Doral to western Miramar has been a safe Republican seat, anchored by Cuban-American voters who reliably turn out for conservative candidates.
This November would seem no different: House District 103 is an open seat, with term-limited incumbent Manny Diaz Jr. running for the state Senate, but the smoothly functioning GOP alliance that has dominated the district has a well-financed, politically tested designated heir in Frank Mingo. The vice mayor of Miami Lakes, a five-year veteran of the town council, took the party’s nomination without opposition.
But can a political neophyte and stay-at-home mom, running a shoestring campaign on a pointedly liberal platform, upend years of precedent and the GOP’s succession plan?
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