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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.