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August 24, 2013

Miami mayoral candidate: I did not consider dropping out over absentee-ballot investigation

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami mayoral candidate Francis Suarez said a state investigation into his campaign for unlawfully submitting absentee-ballot requests online did not make him consider dropping out of the high-profile race.

The probe ended Friday with his campaign manager and cousin Esteban "Steve" Suarez and operations manager Juan Pablo Baggini receiving probation after each was charged with a misdemeanor for violating Florida elections law.

Francis Suarez, a city commissioner, said in an interview with the Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald on Friday that having his well-heeled campaign engulfed in an absentee-ballot scandal never forced him to think of leaving the race against incumbent Mayor Tomás Regalado.

"I am not planning on dropping out," he said. "I've run this race for the year. I've run it very hard."

Of dropping out, he added: "That's never been my intent."

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