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Luther Campbell to back Carlos Gimenez?

The campaign of Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Carlos Gimenez has announced a "major endorsement" for Wednesday morning -- likely from Luther Campbell, a former candidate for the mayor's post who, with little money but widespread name recognition, placed fourth in last month's election.

Campbell, the former 2 Live Crew frontman, attracted African-American voters now up for grabs in the runoff between Gimenez and Julio Robaina.

Last week, Gimenez snagged the endorsement of the third-place finisher in the race, Marcelo Llorente. The significance of endorsements is debatable; Robaina, who placed first in the first round of the election, has big-name backers like former Gov. Jeb Bush and former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

But Gimenez will now be able to boast of support from two very different former foes: Llorente, a West Kendall Republican with a squeaky-clean image, and Campbell, a Democrat with appeal among black and young voters. That could bolster the argument Gimenez has been making on the campaign trail that he has broad appeal across ethnic groups in diverse Miami-Dade County.

--MARC CAPUTO AND PATRICIA MAZZEI

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