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Deutch picks up endorsement from Wexler

Ted Deutch landed Rep. Robert Wexler's endorsement to fill the retiring Democrat's  congressional seat -- along with that of Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings and Ron Klein.

The four South Floridians made the announcement during a joint press call.

"I know with absolute certainty he is the best person to represent" the district, Wexler said of Deutch. Wasserman Schultz said Wexler, the outgoing self-described 'fire-breathing liberal,' would be greatly missed, "You've just been amazing."

But, she said Wexler, who is leaving to become director of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, had made sure "not to leave his constituents in the lurch," by endorsing Deutch.

"He is a remarkable legislator," she said of the state senator. Deutch said the endorsements would provide his campaign with valuable momentum. Also in the running for the Palm Beach/Broward county seat: Democrats Ben Graber and Jose Ruiz -- and potentially Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter. On the GOP side, Ed Lynch, who last week picked up the endorsement of comedian Jackie Mason.