Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, FL-26

A Must Win in Florida

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell


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2018 Result: Mucarsel-Powell wins by less than 2-point margin (50.9% to 49.1%)

Florida 26 which includes the Florida Keys is great pick-up opportunity for Democrats. Hillary won this district by 16.3 points, but Republican Rep. Carlos Cubelo won re-election by 11.8 points against a strong candidate. Florida 26 will not be easy, but it must be won.

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is an immigrant from Ecuador. She started working at age 15 in a donut shop to support her family. Mucarsel-Powell has strong credentials in education (as a former associate Dean at Florida International University) and the environment (with the Coral Restoration Foundation). Her campaign has the support of EMILYs List.

Republican Carlos Curbelo voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He has the full support of the Republican outside spending infrastructure. In 2016, Republican spent almost $7 million (outside spending) to defend this seat. Expect a repeat in 2018.

Debbie needs our support because Curbelo will not lack for resources. On June 21, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $1.05 million to reserve air time for a pro-Curbelo media program that has not yet started.

In the August 28th primary, 2,000 more Republicans turned out to vote for Cuberlo than Democrats for Mucarsel-Powell. This will be a nail biter we must win!

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Campaign Finance

Candidate Name

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D)

Carlos Curbelo (R)

Campaign Spending

Total Raised: $3,746K; Cash on Hand: $216K as of 10/17

Total Raised: $4,751K; Cash on Hand: $640K as of 10/17

Outside Spending

Supporting: $3,601K; Opposing Cubelo $2,750K

Supporting: $1,545K; Opposing Murarsel: $4,534K

Polling Results

Election Results


2016: R+11.2

2014: R+3

2012: D+10.6


2016: D+16.3

2012: D+1.9

2008: D+3.6



Florida's 26th Congressional District includes a wide swath of Florida below Miami and the amazing Florida keys. It is the 3rd most Hispanic District in Florida at 66.8%, and 16th nationwide with the remainder being 20% White and 10.3% Black. The 26th has the 5th most Foreign born residents out of 435 Congressional districts.

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