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Closely watched Florida House race heats up

Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:38pm

One of Florida's most closely watched statehouse races will soon be playing out on Miami TV.

Both Democratic state Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez and his Republican challenger Daniel Diaz Levya have debuted new television ads.

The two are running to represent a swing district in Miami-Dade County. The race is among the most competitive in the state.

In his ad, Rodriguez says he has "fought the special interests every step of the way to make sure our families have someone fighting for them."

The ad then paints Diaz Leyva as a "lobbyist who has stood up for insurance companies and big corporations."

Diaz Leyva used to be managing partner of Southern Strategy Group's office in Miami. He now practices real estate law with Foley & Lardner LLP.

His ad takes a more positive tone. It features the candidate with his family, and highlights his work with CHARLEE Homes for Children.

"I'm running to create jobs, lower taxes and make our schools world class so our kids can compete in a global economy," the candidate says.

Watch both ads below.