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Carlos Curbelo outraises Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in latest fundraising quarter




Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo continued to outraise his chief Democratic opponent Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in latest fundraising quarter for the most Democratic-leaning seat in Congress currently represented by a Republican running for reelection in 2018. 

Curbelo's campaign said Monday he expects to file a report showing "approximately $500,000 raised" in the last quarter of 2017 which ran from September 30 to December 31. He has approximately $1.7 million on hand, according to his campaign.

"Carlos continues to receive strong support from people all across the political spectrum," campaign manager Chris Miles said in a statement. "Never has the campaign been in such a strong position at this stage of an election cycle. We are very grateful to all our supporters who believe in Carlos' ability to change Washington for the better." 

Mucarsel-Powell raised "nearly $240,000" in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a press release issued by her campaign. They did not immediately release a cash on hand figure. 

"I am extremely grateful for the ongoing support we’ve received from the 26th district and across Florida," Mucarsel-Powell said in a statement. "While I’m building grassroots momentum, Congressman Curbelo is working to hide from his Republican voting record. With our large coalition of supporters, we are poised to take back this seat for the people of Florida in November." 

Both campaigns' totals aren't finalized because the totals aren't due to the Federal Election Commission until January 31, but both Curbelo and Mucarsel-Powell reported gains over their third quarter fundraising totals. 

Curbelo is known as a strong fundraiser in Washington and Florida, but outside groups may play a large role in this campaign. Mucarsel-Powell received the endorsement of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' political arm earlier this month, a potential source of campaign cash, while outside groups aligned with the Koch Brothers are already doing grassroots work in Curbelo's Miami-to-Key West district. 

In 2014, third party groups poured about $8.5 million into Curbelo's successful campaign over Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia

Multiple national election prognosticators rate Curbelo's district as a toss-up.