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Gov. Rick Scott expected to name Carlos Lopez-Cantera his LG on Tuesday in Miami

At right, then-state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, R-Miami, talks with Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, during a session in Tallahassee.

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At right, then-state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, R-Miami, talks with Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, during a session in Tallahassee.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott's long search for a new lieutenant governor ends Tuesday when he's expected to appoint Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a former state legislator who is Miami-Dade County's elected property appraiser.

Scott plans to make the announcement at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday — 10 months after the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

Lopez-Cantera, 40, would be the first Hispanic to hold the largely ceremonial job. His presence on the 2014 Republican ticket would add diversity and could boost Scott's standing among Hispanic voters, especially in the state's largest county.

The Republican Party of Florida tweeted late Monday that Scott would announce his pick Tuesday and that the party would be first to break the news.

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[Last modified: Monday, January 13, 2014 7:54pm]

    

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