(US midterms) Immigrant upsets Republican in Florida

World | 7 Nov 2018 12:16 pm

Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has defeated Republican Carlos Curbelo in Florida, the second Republican incumbent House member to fall. Curbelo, a moderate and critic of President Donald Trump, was trying to defy the political winds against Trump in the south Florida district.

Mucarsel-Powell is an immigrant from Ecuador who has worked for several nonprofit organizations in Miami-Dade County. She ran on preventing gun violence and protecting the environment, but her main focus was on health care and the Affordable Care Act, which Curbelo voted to repeal.

Mucarsel-Powell painted Curbelo as a politician who talks like a moderate but tends to vote with conservatives.

Curbelo is a leader of the bipartisan Climate Caucus and bucked the Republican leadership this summer by supporting a tax on emissions of carbon dioxide, a contributor to global warming.-AP

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