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NRCC ready to spend $1.4m to go after Rep. Joe Garcia


U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia holds one of Florida's most-competitive swing seats, making the Democrat an inviting target for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which plans to spend $1.4 million against him on ads.

The NRCC's buy is part of an $18 million effort aimed at what it perceives are 17 vulnerable Democrats, according to Politico.

The NRCC's counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is also ready to chip in to keep D-26 blue and has reserved about $970,000 in ad time, according to Roll Call.

Garcia could use the help. He has been targeted by at least three conservative groups: America Rising PAC, LIBRE Initiative and Americans for Prosperity.

Who Garcia faces in the general election is anyone's guess.

Depending on whom you ask, Miami-Dade School Board Member Carlos Curbelo is either the frontrunner in a crowded GOP primary, or he'll be an also-ran. Former U.S. Rep. David Rivera, who lost by 10.6 percentage points to Garcia in a district Obama carried by 7 points, wants a rematch. But Rivera's scandals give the establishment the willies. Former County Commissioner Joe Martinez is strong in Kendall, a base of the seat. Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck isn't as well known as the other three and Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall is the only non-Hispanic white candidate in the primary.