The race to replace Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a bitter contest between two Cuban-American heavyweights, also has the unusual distinction of featuring the first federal candidate from the Whig Party in more than a century.
Craig Porter is one of two minor-party candidates vying to represent the behemoth 25th Congressional District that encompasses western Miami-Dade County across the Everglades into parts of Collier County.
Though they have virtually no chance of winning in a high-profile race targeted by national Republicans and Democrats, both outsiders are hoping to tap into the widespread discontent in government and in the two ruling parties.
That anger is best exemplified by the tea-party movement, but even that wave is fractured among supporters who say they should back candidates from other parties or form a party of their own and others who say the movement should remain on the fringes of the political establishment. More here.