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Democratic pool shrinks in HD 112 as Nick Duran cruises

The House District 112 race got a little smaller last week, with the exit of Democrat Antonio Javier Diaz.

Diaz, best known for leading an unsuccessful recall campaign against Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, was in a distant last place in fundraising and had little name recognition compared to Democratic frontrunner Nick Duran.

The HD 112 race now features two Republicans, Michael Davey and Rosa Palomino, and two Democrats, Duran and Waldo Faura.

Duran leads the pack with nearly $75,000 on hand after two months in the race, followed by Davey, who had about $35,000 in the bank at the end of May. Faura and Palomino each have less than $1,000 on hand.

HD 112 is a competitive seat, and has been sought after by Republicans since Democratic Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez won it over former Republican Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla in 2012.

That race ran to the wire, and the 2014 contest between Rodriguez and Republican attorney Daniel Diaz Leyva was even closer, with the incumbent winning by less than 2 points.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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