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Mucarsel-Powell upsets popular Republican congressman
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Mucarsel-Powell upsets popular Republican congressman

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One of the biggest upset victories of the 2018 midterm elections was the congressional race between Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R).

This seat leans Democratic, and Curbelo has always face strong challenges, so it wasn’t a surprise that he narrowly lost his seat.

Because of the fear of a “Blue Wave,” Curbelo supporters entered election day skeptical of his chances of winning re-election.

Why wouldn’t day?

Mucarsel-Powell hit Curbelo on his NRA rating (C) and effectively tied him to Trump, even though Curbelo was not a Trump-supported member of congress.

As a matter of fact, Curbelo at times was more of a thorn in the president’s side than an ally.

Curbelo in turn hammered Mucarsel-Powell over her affiliation and friendships with several pro-Castro individuals, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D), who asked that Americans “stop and pause and mourn” Castro’s death.

Aside from her soft appearance, Mucarsel-Powell’s win may have been fueled by Hispanic women voters.

Mucarsel-Powell campaigned on woman’s agenda. Here she is photographed wearing a “Year of the Latina” campaign t-shirt.

Don’t be surprised if Republicans put up a female congressional candidate much like Mucarsel-Powell in the 2020 presidential election.

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Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist who publishes the Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, CactusPolitics.com, JudicialPost.com, and Shark-Tank.com. During the 2018 election cycle, he ran in the Republican primary race for congress in Florida’s 22nd congressional district. He enjoys soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. Email him at [email protected] Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org

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