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Robaina, Gimenez head to Miami-Dade runoff

The race to be the next Miami-Dade County mayor is down to two, after voters threw their support behind former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina and former County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez but failed to give either candidate more than 50 percent of the votes required to crown a winner.

The election — which was voters’ first crack at remaking the leadership of Miami-Dade County’s much-maligned county government — now sets the stage for a month-long campaign between the two candidates that will culminate June 28.

From the start, Robaina and Gimenez were pegged as frontrunners among 11 candidates in the short sprint of a campaign that didn’t officially start until last month, following the March 15 ouster of county mayor Carlos Alvarez by an overwhelming margin.

With all precincts reporting, Robaina won 62,829 votes or 34 percent, and Gimenez garnered 53,803 votes, or 29 percent.

Full story by Matthew Haggman and Martha Brannigan here.