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David Rivera stays on the ballot

A Miami-Dade judge has thrown out a case trying to disqualify Republican congressional candidate David Rivera from Tuesday's ballot.

Allies of Rivera's opponent, Democrat Joe Garcia, had sued Rivera, an eight-year state representative, saying he submitted inaccurate and incomplete financial disclosure forms with the state.

But Circuit Judge Jerald Bagley ruled against them, saying they hadn't challenged Rivera's qualifications to be on the ballot within 10 days after the state certified him as a candidate.

Bagley based his ruling in part on a decision from a Tallahassee appeals court in a similar elections case issued less than two hours before the hearing in the Rivera case.