It's probably safe to start calling Carlos Curbelo a frontrunner in the Republican race to unseat Congressman Joe Garcia. The Miami-Dade school board member reported raising slightly more ($450k than the incumbent ($440k) did last quarter.
But there's a difference: Curbelo had an exploratory committee before he officially announced, meaning his cash haul includes a few extra days or even weeks of fundraising.
Also, it's tough to beat an incumbent who won his seat by 10.6 percentage points in the newly drawn District 26, which President Obama won by about 7 points. But then, Democrats and left-leaning voters tend to underperform in mid-term elections.
Here's the press release: