Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell defeated Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloTrump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy Republicans can’t exploit the left’s climate extremism without a better idea Progressive Latino group launches first incumbent protection campaign MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday, delivering her party a key win and ousting one of the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents.
Her victory in Florida’s 26th Congressional District is likely to be seen as a strong indicator of Democratic success on Election Day.
The district, which stretches from the Miami suburbs down to Key West, is the kind of area that Democrats are hoping to make gains in this year – diverse with a large number of suburban voters.
ADVERTISEMENTDemocratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE carried the district by 16 points in 2016, and election handicappers rated the race between the two-term congressman and Mucarsel-Powell as a “toss-up.”
Mucarsel-Powell, a former university official who emigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador as a teenager, hit Curbelo for his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his support last year for the GOP’s tax cut package.
Unlike many in his party who have aligned themselves closely with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, Curbelo touted himself as a moderate, publicly breaking with the president on divisive issues like immigration.
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Public polls regularly showed an ultra-tight race in the Florida district.
A New York Times/Siena College poll conducted late last month put Mucarsel-Powell ahead by 1 point, while a survey by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research conducted days earlier put Curbelo ahead by 1 point.