Gimenez Defeats Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Gimenez Defeats Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
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November 3, 2020

With Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (R) moving forward to Florida’s 26th congressional race in a bid to unseat incumbent Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D), the race was largely seen as his to lose as Democrats in the district were launching attacks at how he handled the COVID-19 crisis in Miami-Dade County.

After turning the district blue in the 2018 midterm election by beating Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R), the district has now gone back to red as Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (R) has defeated Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

With 100% of the votes counted, Gimenez has flipped the seat with 51.8% and 48.2% voting for Mucarsel-Powell.

The seat change comes in a contentious swing state that has also seen a number of other seat changes that are considered upsets for both Democrats and Republicans.

Gimenez ran a campaign that consistently slammed Mucarsel-Powell for her support of the Green New Deal, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor warned that supported such a deal would "be hurting poor and middle-class families."

In turn, Mucarsel-Powell countered by criticizing the way that Gimenez handled the COVID-19 pandemic, but it was ultimately to no avail as voters have chosen to vote out Mucarsel-Powell in search of a new political climate in Florida's 26th Congressional District.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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