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Miami-Dade voters oust mayor, commissioner

In case you missed The Herald's coverage online and on Twitter over the last few hours, Miami-Dade voters ousted Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas in sweeping fashion Tuesday.

Both county officials lost with about 88 percent of the vote against them. The election was over as soon as polls closed and the Miami-Dade elections department released absentee and early voting results, which showed an insurmountable lead in favor of recall.

Though the recall, backed by billionaire businessman Norman Braman, was widely expected to be successful, the striking margin of the results sent shockwaves through county observers Tuesday.

Alvarez and Seijas must leave office once the election results are certified on Friday. Then remaining county commissioners have 30 days to decide whether to appoint interim replacements or hold a special election.

The two suddenly empty county posts will lead to a domino effect of political moves over upcoming weeks, as sitting city and state officials declare their candidacies for the seats. That, in turn, will yield to more reshuffling.

Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina and County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez have already started to run for Alvarez's post, so they will leave vacancies in their respective seats. Others have filed for Robaina's and Gimenez's jobs, including state Rep. Eduardo "Eddy" Gonzalez for Hialeah mayor and former Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez for county commissioner. Stay tuned.

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