Republicans may be gunning for the seat Rep. Luis Garcia, a Miami Democrat, took from them in 2006, but Garcia's campaign is riding high on June registration stats released by the Miami Dade Elections Department.
The figures show registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in District 107 which includes portions of Miami, Coral Gables and Key Biscayne. The district has seen a steady increase in registered Dems since the 2006 election.
In December 2006 there were 22,309 registered Republicans compared to 19,076 Democrats. Fast forward to June 2008: Democrats total 22,628 registered voters, Republicans 22,362.
"It shows that the message of Luis Garcia and the new Democratic party is resonating with voters," said Christian Ulvert, Garcia's campaign manager.
Republican Party of Florida leaders have already declared the race a must win, and have thrown their support toward candidate Jorge Luis Lopez, an attorney and lobbyist with ties to former Miami Dade Mayor Alex Penelas.
Garcia and Lopez both tried to sway voters at a recent appearance before Miami Beach's Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club.
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