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Picking sides in race to replace Frederica Wilson

Democratic Rep.-elect Frederica Wilson is not resigning her Florida Senate seat until Dec. 31, but candidates are already lining up to replace her -- and at least one of them is trying to take an early lead by touting an endorsement from...ex-gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink.

State Rep. Oscar Braynon II of Miami Gardens out out a statement Friday quoting Sink calling him "exactly the type of fresh, energetic leader that we need in Tallahassee right now."

The backing from Sink, who lost to Gov.-elect Rick Scott, might seem surprising elsewhere, but not in the solidly Democratic state Senate District 33 where Sink swept Scott.

Braynon is not the only candidate vying for Wilson's North Miami-Dade seat. Former Democratic state Reps. Phillip Brutus, James Bush III and Yolly Roberson -- who ran unsuccessfully against Wilson for Congress -- have also said they are in the running. Other candidates who have filed to run: former state Rep. Darryl Reaves, who recently ran for Miami-Dade School Board; Nadia Pierre, an assistant to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, and Joshua Larose, the lone Republican on the list. A special election has not yet been set.