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Florida Primary Results: Republicans Pick Nominee in Targeted House Races

Garcia is a Florida Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Garcia is a Florida Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Miami Dade School Board Member Carlos Curbelo won the Republican nomination and will face Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia in the fall in Florida’s 26th District,  Curbelo had 48 percent of the vote when the AP called the primary for him.  

Republicans smell blood with Garcia, both because the district is competitive and because of ethical problems within his staffStill, quarter after quarter, Garcia has put away massive financial hauls for the fall campaign ahead. As of his most recent campaign financial report, the freshman was closing in on $2 million in the bank. The race is rated Tilts Democrat by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.  

Florida’s 18th District Former state Rep. Carl Domino has won the GOP nod to take on Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., in the fall.  

On Tuesday, Domino defeated several other lesser-known candidates with 38 percent of the vote when the AP declared him the winner.  

Florida’s 18th is one of the most competitive districts in the country, and Domino has the ability to self-fund.  

Despite this, Republicans aren’t as optimistic about this race, largely because Murphy proved to be a prolific fundraiser and adept campaigner during his freshman term.  

As a result, this race is rated Democrat Favored by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.  


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