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Carlos Curbelo to formally kick off reelection campaign

@PatriciaMazzei

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo will officially launch his reelection campaign in South Miami on Monday, a day before the end of the year's first fund-raising quarter.

The event, at Shula's 347 Grill at Sunset Place, will be the first one the Miami Republican freshman's campaign formally hosts. But Curbelo has been meeting privately with political donors since last month. Like most members of Congress, he had to begin gearing up for a new campaign after being in office for barely a month.

For Monday's event, organizers are asking for contributions ranging from $1,000 to $5,400. Among the top donors already listed are former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart -- Curbelo's one-time employer -- and Jeb Bush Jr., according to an invitation obtained by the Miami Herald. Curbelo has yet to endorse any potential Republican presidential contenders but is expected to back former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, given his close ties to Bush and his supporters.

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