Curbelo Ahead in DCCC Poll of Florida’s 26th District

Survey was conducted before Mucarsel-Powell went on TV

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo led his Democratic opponent in a poll commissioned by the independent expenditure arm of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic poll of Florida’s 26th District put GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo ahead of Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell by 7 points. 

The poll, conducted for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure arm, had Curbelo at 48 percent and Mucarsel-Powell at 41 percent.

GBA Strategies surveyed 500 likely voters in English and Spanish from July 16 to 22. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. 

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The polling memo, released Wednesday by the DCCC Targeting and Analytics Department, points out that Mucarsel-Powell was “largely unknown” at the time of the survey. She has since run an ad on cable TV. Democrats are looking to the poll to show that Mucarsel-Powell can move voters once they know who she is. 

Curbelo ended the second quarter of the year with $2.6 million in the bank. Mucarsel-Powell had $1.3 million.

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