Haiti Prez Candidates Campaign in Miami

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By Jessica Sick
|  Thursday, Jun 30, 2011  |  Updated 10:11 AM EDT
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Haiti Prez Candidates Campaign in Miami

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PETITE RIVIERE, HAITI - NOVEMBER 06: Children stand outside of their flooded homes on November 6, 2010 in Petite Riviere, Haiti. According to the Haitian Health Ministry, the death toll from Haiti's cholera epidemic has now surpassed 500, with thousands being treated for the illness. Hurricane Tomas caused minor damage throughout the country and led to the evacuations of thousands of individuals from vulnerable tent camps to more secure structures. Over a million Haitians are refugees due to January's earthquake. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Some of Haiti's presidential candidates are in Miami to court Haitian-Americans' money and influence.

Nineteen candidates are on the ballot in Haiti's presidential election. All were invited to participate in a forum Sunday at Florida International University.

Five candidates showed up at a similar forum last month in St. Petersburg.

Haitian-Americans can't vote in the Nov. 28 election, but their financial support is critical in the impoverished Caribbean country. So, many of Haiti's candidates have been campaigning and fundraising in the large Haitian communities of Miami, Boston and New York.

Haitian political observers say the debates organized in the U.S. are something new as Haitian-Americans seek a larger role in the rebuilding of their homeland.

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