Florida’s 26th District Analysis

Those of you following the current state of the TCR community may understand why there was a bit of a gap from my last post, which happened to be a very controversial one among a certain demographic (you can read that post here), and I hope those of you who don’t know about what’s going on at least understand that things had to slow down for a bit. Regardless, I’m ready to continue onward as the midterms rapidly approach, and with that, I’d like to get right into the article.

Florida is a state that has been covered on this blog before, specifically the upcoming Senate Election. (read it here)ย However, there are still other races that are worth looking at that the Republicans either need to defend or take, such as this one.

The seat is currently held by Carlos Curbelo, who has held this seat since 2014. He narrowly won the 2014 race, however easily won the 2016 race due to a third-party candidate taking a considerable amount of the vote away from his Democratic opponent.

However, it is not all good news, as Curbelo has a negative outlook on President Trump, refusing to vote for him in the 2016 elections, opposing his travel ban in early 2017, and was in favor of shutting down the government to protect DACA. Despite this, data indicates he votes along with Trump’s agenda 83% of the time, voted in favor of Trump’s tax cuts bill in congress, and attempted to repeal (or at the very least change it for the better) Obamacare.

His opponent from the Democratic Party side is Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a relative newcomer to politics. She attempted to run for this seat back in 2016, however lost by a considerable margin, due to the aforementioned third party candidate. She makes it a heavy point in her campaign that she is an immigrant to America from Ecuador, with her being in favor of supporting the DREAMers, among other pro-immigration bills and laws. Her other policies include being a supporter of Climate Change, in favor of restricting the Second Amendment, and attempting to end the “wage gap”.

This race is rated as either a toss-up or “Lean Republican” by most pundits, however the latest poll by the New York Times puts Curbelo ahead by 2 points, 47% to 45%. (read that here)ย The Democrats are spending heavily on ad campaigns, and thus, people in this district have no choice to support this more flake-y candidate in Curbelo. We can only hope that come 2020, a fresh face on the Republican side will attempt to take this seat, and in the meantime prevent the Democrats from taking this seat.

With that said, thank you for reading. This article has actually been awaiting completion for some time, due to the uncertainty of the Democratic primary, however given the time gap from my last article, I felt it necessary to write again, especially now that we’re a mere 2 months away from the midterms.

As always, feedback is greatly appreciated, and any ideas for new articles are as well. Thank you for reading, long live the Capitalist Army, and death to ignorance, socialism, and communists.




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