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Carlos Curbelo and Debbie Mucarsel Powell's race tops nationwide TV spending

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The constant TV ads featuring Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo and his Democratic challenger Debbie Mucarsel-Powell are unrivaled among House campaigns nationwide. 

A list of the top 10 House races by TV spending from Kantar Media shows Florida's 26th Congressional District at the top of the list, with $16.9 million spent so far, according to consultancy group Kantar Media. The race between Curbelo and Mucarsel-Powell is competitive, and Mucarsel-Powell's campaign and her Democratic allies have been spending at a clip of about $1 million a week on TV ads for the past month. 

The $16.9 million includes spending from outside groups that are not affiliated with either campaign, like a Paul Ryan-backed super PAC that has launched ads attacking Mucarsel-Powell, though the campaigns themselves get favorable rates on TV advertising compared to outside groups.

Each of the top 10 most expensive races are Republican-held, indicating that the GOP is playing defense at is seeks to minimize losses to maintain control of the House past Election Day. 

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