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Uncle Luke Eliminated From Miami Mayoral Race

Alan Diaz, AP

Despite a valiant effort, former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell has lost his run in the Miami mayoral election, pulling in at the No. 4 spot.

Campbell managed to secure approximately 11 percent of the votes, with about 20,663 ballots in his favor. Julio Robaina, former mayor of Hialeah grabbed the top spot with 33.6 percent of votes, while former commissioner Carlos Gimenez pulled in at No. 2 with 28.83 percent. Robaina and Gimenez will now move onto another voting round, scheduled for June 28, which will decide the future mayor of Miami-Dade Country.

In his column for the Miami New Times, Uncle Luke acknowledged his loss, writing, “Above all, I’ve shown Miami-Dade voters I know and understand the political landscape in our community. I’ve demonstrated I’m well-informed on the issues that affect every person who claims the 305 as home. And I will continue to be a voice for the disenfranchised whether I’m the mayor, a columnist, or a high school football coach.”

After initially announcing his intentions to run for the mayoral position in March, Luke seemed pretty confident about his chances, previously telling the Miami New Times, “When I take Mr. Alvarez’s job, I’ll review the county budget with a fine-toothed comb. When I ran my record company, every year we would first go over what was making revenue for us and beef that side up. Then we would cut the areas where we were not generating revenue. The first place we looked was payroll. I’ll do the same with the county budget.”

Robaina and Gimenez will face off once more on June 28.


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