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

Javier Manjarres is an award-winning South Florida-based political journalist who owns and manages Diverse New Media, Corp and Shark Tank Media, LLc. Under the Diverse New Media umbrella, he writes, manages, and publishes Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, and JudicialPost.com, in addition to publishing the conservative website, Shark-Tank.com, which can be found under Shark Tank Media, LLc. During the 2018 election cycle, he ran and lost the primary race for congress in Florida’s 22nd congressional district. He is Republican. He and his fiancé Michelle have two small children. He enjoys soccer, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. Email him at [email protected]

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