Republican Gimenez pulls off upset victory in Florida House race

Republican Gimenez pulls off upset victory in Florida House race
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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (R) on Tuesday beat incumbent Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-PowellDebbie Mucarsel-PowellNation's fraught politics leads to fear, scars and exits 'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection Stephanie Murphy won't run for Senate seat in Florida next year MORE (D) in an acrimonious race for a key battleground district.

The Associated Press called the race at 10:10 p.m. EST.

Gimenez, a county executive who began the race as a relatively moderate Republican, moved aggressively to the right to align with President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE.


The move paid off as the national party committees and conservative super PACs pumped money into the race, generating a barrage of negative ads against both candidates.

Outside spending on negative ads alone surpassed $18 million, with the national party committees and other outside groups spending $10 million against Mucarsel-Powell, and $8.6 million against Gimenez.

The outside spending helped make up for Gimenez's fundraising deficit — Mucarsel-Powell outraised him by a 3-to-1 margin.