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-PowellTrump, Florida complicate Biden approach to Cuba The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Coast-to-coast fears about post-holiday COVID-19 spread The Memo: Democrats see warning signs beyond 2020 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 TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media 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.