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David Richardson challenger loses appeal to be put back on ballot; gay lawmaker is declared winner

From Miami Herald's Naked Politics blog, about state Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, Florida's first openly gay legislator:

An appeals court won't let Republican Laura Rivero Levey continue her bid for Florida House District 113.

Levey, a Miami Beach publicist, was disqualified from the race after a check she submitted to the state bounced.

Levey's bank said it had mistakenly placed a hold on the account, and she immediately sent a cashier's check to the state. But because she missed the deadline for qualifying, the Division of Elections refused to put her name on the ballot.

Incumbent state Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, was declared the winner.

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