Dem ousts GOP's Curbelo from Florida House seat

Dem ousts GOP's Curbelo from Florida House seat

Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell defeated Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloPelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House The Hill's Morning Report - Congress returns: What to expect Wave of GOP retirements threatens 2020 comeback MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday, delivering her party a key win and ousting one of the GOP's most vulnerable incumbents.

Her victory in Florida's 26th Congressional District is likely to be seen as a strong indicator of Democratic success on Election Day.

The district, which stretches from the Miami suburbs down to Key West, is the kind of area that Democrats are hoping to make gains in this year – diverse with a large number of suburban voters.

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz: 'Too many politicians are being subject to criminal prosecution' The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Democrats spar over electoral appeal of 'Medicare for All' MORE carried the district by 16 points in 2016, and election handicappers rated the race between the two-term congressman and Mucarsel-Powell as a "toss-up."

Mucarsel-Powell, a former university official who emigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador as a teenager, hit Curbelo for his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his support last year for the GOP's tax cut package.

Unlike many in his party who have aligned themselves closely with President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE, Curbelo touted himself as a moderate, publicly breaking with the president on divisive issues like immigration. 

Public polls regularly showed an ultra-tight race in the Florida district.

A New York Times/Siena College poll conducted late last month put Mucarsel-Powell ahead by 1 point, while a survey by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research conducted days earlier put Curbelo ahead by 1 point.