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South Florida's lively House races officially kick off

If you can take your eyes off Florida's US Senate race, there's a bunch of congressional contests in South Florida, with Democrats eyeing a second chance to take one of South Florida's Cuban-American Republican seats and Republicans looking to win back two Central Florida seats.

There won't be a race to replace Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart -- who last time around fended off a spirited challenge from Joe Garcia. Diaz-Balart vacated his seat to run for his retiring brother's more Republican seat and didn't pull a challenger.

Haitian Americans hoping to elect the first Haitian American to Congress failed to reach a consensus candidate to run for the Democratic-leaning seat Kendrick Meek is vacating to run for U.S. Senate, prompting some community leaders to worry about splintering the vote.

More here.