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Cash keeps rolling into Florida's Congressional District 26 race


You know it's getting closer to election season when the two leading candidates for a congressional seat both send news releases touting their fundraising totals.

The incumbent, Miami Democrat Joe Garcia, said he received $463,083 in the first three months of the year, bringing his overall total to $2.3 million and his cash on hand to $1.6 million. His campaign bragged that its contributions and cash on hand have far exceeded his opponents'.

"I am proud to have earned the support of the people of Miami-Dade who share my commitment to prioritizing hard work, problem solving and bipartisan leadership over ideological bickering," Garcia said in part in a statement.

His nearest opponent, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, a Miami Republican, said he received more than $310,000 in contributions in the last quarter, bringing his total to more than $950,000 and his cash on hand to about $800,000.

Curbelo's campaign trumpeted that more than half of its contributors reside in the district, which spans Kendall to Key West, and that it is "approaching" the $1 million mark in funds raised.

"We have strong support from our home district and from national conservative leaders such as Governor Jeb Bush and others," Curbelo said in part in a statement.

The other Republicans seeking the post are, in descending order of how much cash they have reported to have on hand: former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez, Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, lawyer Lorenzo "Larry" Palomares-Starbuck and Key Largo resident Jose Felix Peixoto. None has more than $50,000 cash on hand.


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Truth o meter

Money is an issue of course but Joe Martinez will set a record by beating a guy that raised over 1 million for a race.


While money is flowing into the race, it looks like it's all flowing to Rep. Joe Garcia. I know that the Republican has to spin that he did a good job, but he has less than 1/2 money in the bank as Rep. Joe Garcia. And if I'm reading the article right, Rep Garcia has more money in the bank than all the other GOP contenders combined.


Why would people who are confident about their candidates spend any time commenting on blogs?

ed jenkins

This is most horrible that this Garcia who the citizens have asked to resign with dignity rather than put them through the inevitable indictment for the already admitted campaign law breaking he has committed. The readers have stated that they want no more discussion of this man except for his resignation story.

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