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Surrounded by a small group of family and supporters, the Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, on the left, announces that on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 against Republican American Rep. Carlos Curbelo, outside the West Perrine Health Center in Miami, is walking.
Democratic challenger Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has won her bid to dismiss Republican deputy Carlos Curbelo in the 26th district of Florida, according to NBC News.
The anticipated victory of Mucarsel-Powell comes against one of only 23 Republican members of the House, representing a district that was won in 2016 by Democratic President-President Hillary Clinton. The former foreign minister defeated President Donald Trump with more than 16 percentage points in the district represented by the Cuban-American Curbelo.
That's why the Democrats had put a special emphasis on winning the neighborhood, which runs from southwest Miami-Dade County to the Florida Keys.
Mucarsel-Powell, born in Ecuador, is a former dean of Florida International University and also worked for non-profit organizations. Her candidacy got a boost when former President Barack Obama supported her.
During the campaign, Mucarsel-Powell last year stressed Curbelo's support for a Republican bill that wanted to repeal and replace the law on affordable health care. The 26th district has seen increased rates of healthcare coverage as a result of Obamacare that have surpassed such gains elsewhere.
But Curbelo had kept the race closed, partly by taking distance from his fellow Republican Trump. Curbelo said that in 2016 he voted for an external candidate instead of Trump.