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Emily's List formally backs Curbelo challenger

@PatriciaMazzei

Emily's List, which promotes the candidacies of progressive women in politics, is formally getting behind Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell's bid against Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo.

The group announced its endorsement Thursday for the 2018 race in Florida's swing 26th district, which extends from Westchester to Key West.

It did not come as a surprise: Mucarsel-Powell met with Emily's List leaders in Washington before launching her candidacy in August. The group's early backing signals that Democrats probably don't expect another significant female candidate to get in the race.

"Too much is on the line to stay home next November, like protecting women's health care and passing permanent DACA legislation," Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program phased out by President Donald Trump. "Debbie is just the type of fighter Florida's working families deserve representing their interests in Washington."

Schriock called Curbelo an "extreme Republican who supports Donald Trump's dangerous agenda." Curbelo, it should be noted, has broken with Trump on a number of issues -- and filed legislation to protected DACA beneficiaries.

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