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Conservative blogger challenges Ted Deutch, Tim Canova goes independent

Javier Manjarres, a political consultant and conservative blogger, announced in a fiery press release Tuesday he will run to take on Democratic Congressman Rep. Ted Deutch, whose South Florida district includes Parkland.

Manjarres vowed to stomp out Deutch’s “un-American foreign and domestic policies” and promised to “to eat his lunch and feed him his votes.”

Manjarres, a Republican who operates the website The Shark Tank, joins Boca Raton Republicans Nicholas Kimaz and Paul Spain in the contest for the Democratic-leaning District 22 seat that straddles the Palm Beach-Broward County line and runs south to Fort Lauderdale.

Deutch was re-elected to the seat in 2016 with 59 percent of the vote over Republican Andrea Leigh McGee.

Meanwhile, Tim Canova, who fell by nearly 14 points to U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2016 Democratic primary for neighboring congressional District 23, has moved his planned rematch against the congresswoman to the November general election by refiling as an independent. Canova is the second unaffiliated candidate in the contest, joining Stuart Reed of Hollywood.

Republicans Joe Kaufman of Weston, Carlos Reyes of Weston and Carla Spalding of Plantation are already the contest.

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