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Renier Diaz de la Portilla: Lincoln Diaz-Balart backs me, and my opponent can't beat me

Miami-Dade School Board member and State House candidate Renier Diaz de la Portilla was none too pleased about a blog post concerning opponent Manny Diaz Jr.'s fundraiser. Diaz de la Portilla points out that, not only is he really leading Diaz in fundraising, he has perhaps the most-important of endorsements, former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

"I am supporting Renier Diaz de la Portilla for State Representative because he has done an exceptional job on the School Board and because I am convinced that he will continue to serve our community well in Tallahassee," Diaz-Balart wrote in a statement. "In the coming months I look forward to asking our entire community to support Renier as well."

Diaz de la Portilla certainly has high name ID. He's not just a sitting school board member and former state representative -- he's the brother of a current state Sen., Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, and a former state Rep. and Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla.

"I have the support and endorsement of Lincoln Diaz-Balart. An important DISTRICT-WIDE endorsement," Renier Diaz de la Portilla wrote in a text message. He said Diaz can't compete.

"He can't win unless he outspends me 3-1. Not happening. I outraised him more than 2 to 1 in the last quarter, even though he has been raising and campaigning since 2010," Diaz de la Portilla said.