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Al Lorenzo Wins Elections, but Will His History Hurt the State Attorney's Latest Bid?

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Her campaign spokesman says Lorenzo's experience is too valuable to ignore. "He's particularly involved in 'Get out the vote,'" Levy says. "In a primary election where Republicans and independents have been denied the right to vote... every vote counts."

Lorenzo says his ties to Rivera and Pierre won't taint his work for Rundle. Just as with every other campaign, the backroom guru's job is getting in the trenches to convince voters that Rundle is the right choice.

"This is about the office that she holds," he says. "There is a certain respect that position holds, and she is the one who has it."

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.