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Recount for Miami-Dade charter amendment

A manual recount is planned for the ballots cast in Tuesday’s election in Miami-Dade County to resolve a photo-finish on a charter proposal that would ban former County Hall politicians from returning as paid lobbyists for two years.

The vote on the proposed charter amendment — the only one of six proposals that has a chance of passing — came in at 86,817 in favor and 86,666 against. That’s a difference of 151 votes, or 0.087 percent — less than one-tenth of 1 percent.

“Obviously we’re headed for a recount,’’ said Lester Sola, Supervisor of Elections for Miami-Dade County.

The expected recount on the charter question comes as former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina fine tune their strategies and mull how to expand their bases of support to capture more than 50 percent in the June 28 runoff election for Miami-Dade county mayor.

Full story by Martha Brannigan and Matthew Haggman here.