Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo has ramped up his fundraising as he tries to keep his Miami-to-Key West seat in GOP hands come November.
The two-term congressman raised approximately $785,000 in the latest fundraising quarter from April 1 to June 30, and has $2.6 million on hand to spend about four months out from Election Day. Curbelo's campaign said the quarterly haul is a record amount and he has about $500,000 more to spend than he did at this point in the 2016 election cycle, when he eventually defeated former Rep. Joe Garcia.
"Carlos continues to receive strong support from Americans across the political spectrum — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in South Florida and around the country — that believe his bipartisan approach is what we need to get things done in Washington," campaign manager Chris Miles said in a statement. "Carlos continues to successfully keep South Florida priorities at the forefront of the national agenda, and his work on bipartisan solutions to issues like jobs and the economy, immigration reform, disaster relief, trade, infrastructure, gun safety, and the environment is essential to healing our country’s toxic politics. He’s grateful for the growing support and looks forward to continuing his fight against the extremists in both parties that continue poisoning our nation’s politics for personal gain."
Curbelo faces a challenge from Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in a district that voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by 16 percentage points, the largest margin of victory for Clinton in a congressional district held by a Republican running for reelection in 2018. Mucarsel-Powell's campaign has not released their fundraising haul in the latest quarter yet, which must be submitted to the Federal Election Commission by Sunday.
Last quarter, Mucarsel-Powell nearly matched Curbelo in fundraising, though the incumbent still maintained an advantage in cash on hand. A host of Democratic challengers around the country have managed to outraise sitting GOP lawmakers in recent months, though Curbelo has consistently ranked among his party's top money raisers while in Congress.
Outside groups will likely spend millions in Curbelo's district as they did in 2014 and 2016, though funds raised directly by candidates go further when it comes to securing advertising rates and building a ground operation ahead of Election Day.