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Democrats reserving TV time to advertise in Mario Diaz-Balart's old seat?

From The Caucus, The New York Times' politics blog:

"Democrats added another 20 House seats to their list of targeted districts, officials confirmed Tuesday evening, raising the party’s commitment in television advertising for the final weeks of the campaign to more than $49 million.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserved a third wave of television time, one week after announcing the selection of the first two waves that identified 40 of the most vulnerable seats in the midterm elections. The latest cluster of districts includes 14 open seats, a sign that Democrats intend to expand their sights – to a degree, at least – beyond a strict defensive match." (full post here)

One of those 20 targeted districts, the Caucus says, is none other than Florida's 25th -- the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart as he moves to his brother Lincoln's seat in the neighboring 21st district.

That the Dems would target the race in the 25th is not completely surprising: Joe Garcia came close to unseating Diaz-Balart in 2008. Now Garcia is the leading Dem vying for the post again, along with state Rep. David Rivera, the Republican front runner.

Rivera has raised more money than Garcia overall, but Garcia outpaced the Florida House budget chief in contributions last quarter.