Carlos Gimenez (R), mayor of Miami-Dade, defeated Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.
Gimenez defeated Mucarsel-Powell in Florida’s 26th district, which serves as a pickup for Republicans in their bid to take back the House majority. Republicans only need a net 17 seats to regain the House majority:
BREAKING: Republican Carlos Gimenez wins election to U.S. House in Florida's 26th Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. #APracecall at 10:10 p.m. EST. #Election2020 #FLelection https://t.co/lGfinjTqT4
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 4, 2020
Dan Conston, president of the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), released a statement on Tuesday, cheering Gimenez’s victory. Conston said:
South Florida is tired of the dysfunction in Washington and tonight they elected the perfect man in Carlos Gimenez to bring people together and get the job done. A Cuban immigrant, former firefighter and successful Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Mayor Gimenez knows just what it takes to clean up Washington, rebuild our economy, and fight for middle class families.
The CLF spent more than $4.1 million in television and digital advertising to support Gimenez’s bid for Congress.
The race served as a potential pickup for Republicans as polling during the summer found that Gimenez led Mucarsel-Powell by five points, according to a poll conducted on behalf of the CLF.
In July, the poll found that Gimenez beat Mucarsel-Powell among Hispanic voters, 52 to 33 percent, and Cuban voters prefer Gimenez over the incumbent Democrat by a 37 percent margin.
“Mayor Carlos Gimenez enjoys high name identification and a strong image rating with voters in the district,” the polling memo stated. “Fully, 76% know the mayor well enough to have formed an opinion of him, with a majority of voters in the district, 51%, viewing Gimenez favorably.”
Florida’s 26th Congressional District was one of the many congressional seats that Democrats flipped during the 2018 midterm elections. Mucarsel-Powell defeated incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R) by 1.8 percentage points during the 2018 midterm elections.
Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.