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As Miami-Dade turns, update

Rep. J.C. Planas just succeeded in knocking his third cousin, Juan Enrique Planas, off the ballot.

A Miami-Dade circuit judge, Jon Gordon, ruled that challenger Planas had failed to properly qualify for office because he deposited money in his campaign account and wrote a check from it before filing the necessary paperwork registering the account with the state.

The ruling didn't deal with the challenger's alleged name switch to "J.P.," which J.C. Planas said would have been too confusing for voters. J.P. vowed an appeal.

Just yesterday, the incumbent knocked challenger Carla Ascencio-Savola off the ballot. She was coming off a fundraiser that Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla hosted for her. Diaz de la Portilla's brother, Renier Diaz de la Portilla, lost his legislative seat to Planas two years ago. He's to fill the school board seat that Frank Bolaños is leaving.

Ascencio-Savola's campaign advisor, Esther Nuhfer, has been uncharacteristically silent throughout the campaign ever since being asked if she were related to Johnny Nuhfer, who notarized the candidate filing papers for write-in Brenda Hernandez. She faces one of the two most powerful Florida legislators, incoming House Speaker Marco Rubio.

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