ICYMI: Fourth Poll Shows Mucarsel-Powell Gaining Ground In Florida’s 26th District

Miami– A new poll released this Friday shows Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, is up by two points in her race against Republican incumbent Carlos Curbelo. It’s the fourth recent poll to show her closing the gap on her opponent.

According to Roll Call reporter Simone Pathe, who first obtained a copy of the survey:

“Mucarsel-Powell led the incumbent 50 percent to 48 percent in the poll conducted for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure arm. GBA Strategies surveyed 500 likely voters between Sept. 27 and Oct. 1. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.”

Mucarsel-Powell has been aggressively working to show the clear contrast between herself and Curbelo. The result? Four consecutive polls showing Debbie gaining ground against her opponent a month before the election.

BACKGROUND:

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SAVE Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami – SAVE, the leading organization in South Florida dedicated to protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) against discrimination, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for the 2018 election.

“We applaud Debbie’s commitment to greater inclusion and representation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other queer individuals at all levels of public life,” said Tony Lima, executive director of SAVE. “We trust Debbie will champion some of our nation’s greatest ideals: that we are free to love who we love, and be who we are, and that we all deserve equal rights and protection under the law.”

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Mucarsel-Powell Slams Curbelo’s Ties To Big Sugar As Red Tide Reaches Miami-Dade’s Shore

MIAMI – As Miami-Dade County announced this Thursday that its shores are being impacted by red tide, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, criticized her opponent Carlos Curbelo for taking nearly $80,000 in campaign contributions from Big Sugar, an industry that has exacerbated Florida’s urgent water problems.

Big Sugar has had a big role in creating the toxic blooms impacting Florida’s waterways, and has been singled out as a suspected catalyst for the red tide on both of our coasts, as well as a cause of the slimy, blue-green algae currently covering Lake Okeechobee and killing thousands of fish and other wildlife. 

The sugar industry is “causing some of these blooms through pollution,” according to Axios, and by “prevent[ing] the natural trickling and filtering of overflow [water] through the Everglades,” according to National Geographic

However, that hasn’t stopped Congressman Curbelo from taking $78,400 from Big Sugar. It also didn’t stop him from voting this year against an amendment that would have reformed the subsidies that the sugar industry receives from the government.

And it’s not just Big Sugar; Curbelo has taken $10,000 each from Exxon and Chevron; $5,000 each from Valero and Marathon Petroleum; and $1,000 each from American Petroleum Institute and American Gas Association.

“Congressman Curbelo has made plenty of empty promises about defending our environment,” said Mucarsel-Powell. “But his continuous inaction is all the more alarming when you look at the industries that are backing his campaign.

 Mucarsel-Powell also released a new digital ad Thursday drawing attention to Republicans’ environmental inaction.

“Our water, our reef and our environment are in danger, and Republicans have done nothing about it,” the 30-second spot says.

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BACKGROUND:

Sugar Farms Prevented The Natural Filtering Of Lake Water Through The Everglades. “To make matters worse, Florida isn’t just suffering from red tide. The inland waterways are clogged with yet another bloom of vibrant green cyanobacteria. […] Development and sugar farms south of the lake prevent the natural trickling and filtering of overflow through the Everglades.” [National Geographic, 8/7/18]

 

The Sugar Industry Could Be Causing Red Tide Blooms Through Pollution. “This red tide bloom is the worst in over a decade, and it’s become a major issue in the hotly contested Senate race between Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott and incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson. Some people suspect the state’s agricultural interests, such as the sugar industry, are causing some of these blooms through pollution.” [Axios, 8/7/18]

 

Cane Fields Infected Two Rivers, And South Florida’s Coastline, With Toxic Algae. “For 6,000 years, excess groundwater has spilled over the southern rim of the lake, nourishing the Everglades before draining into the Florida Bay. To make way for the cane fields, engineers raised and fortified the lake’s southern shore, funneling all that excess groundwater through an array of canals, levees and pumping stations into two rivers that then dump it into the sea along Florida’s east and west coasts. This cleared the way for the cane fields, but choked off water to the rest of the Everglades. It also infected the two rivers and South Florida’s coastlines with toxic algae.” [Weather Channel, 12/8/16]

 

To Spare Cane Fields, The Army Corps Of Engineers Sent Billions Of Gallons Of Lake Water Into The Ocean, “Coating The Shore In Slime.” “So the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with an eye on the rising lake, reduced the risk by opening sluice gates and sending billions of gallons of lake water a day cascading east and west through the network of canals and rivers into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The dike was spared, as were the sugar cane fields and people who work and live around them. But along the Atlantic coast, the lake’s fertilizer-infused water spawned giant plumes of toxic algae, turning the ocean the color of coffee and coating the shore in slime. The fouling of the ocean was an ecological and economic calamity for South Florida’s Treasure Coast, coming as it did during the height of the winter tourist season.” [Weather Channel, 12/8/16]

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New Poll Shows Mucarsel-Powell Continues to Surge

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, has surged among likely voters and is statistically tied with her opponent Carlos Curbelo, according to a new poll released this Tuesday by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

In the survey, which included 500 likely voters, Mucarsel-Powell leads Curbelo by one point, 49-48. It’s the third recent poll that shows how support for the Democrat has grown over the past months, as voters hear her story and the harm Congressman Curbelo has done to South Florida.

Mucarsel-Powell has been aggressively working to show the clear contrast between herself and Curbelo. And it’s working. A recent survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP) showed Mucarsel-Powell leading Curbelo, a two-term congressman, by one point (45-44). Similarly, a recent poll commissioned by the New York Times showed both candidates in a statistical tie.

Below is the poll memo released this Tuesday by Greeberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

October 2, 2018

Close race in Florida’s 26th Congressional District 

To: Interested Parties

From: Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research

A recent survey of likely voters in Florida’s 26th Congressional District1 finds Debbie Mucarsel- Powell in a statistical tie with Carlos Curbelo ( 49 percent Mucarsel-Powell – 48 percent Curbelo).

The political environment is favorable towards a Democrat in this district that Clinton won by 16 percentage points. More than half (53 percent) of voters feel the country has gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track, and 57 percent have an unfavorable view of President Trump.

As this poll and other polls recently released show, support for Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has grown from the mid-summer.

Just under half (49 percent) of voters recognize Mucarsel-Powell, up from 22 percent in July. Among those who know her, she is seen much more favorably (32 percent favorable – 18 percent unfavorable). Voters like Mucarsel-Powell as they get to know her, and support for her grows. As voters learn more about Carlos Curbelo they become more unfavorable towards him (29 percent unfavorable in July, 40 percent in September). With room to continue introducing herself to voters and her growing level of support, Mucarsel-Powell is in an excellent position to win this race.

“I’ve been working on behalf of my community for over 20 years, and families here can trust I’ll be a genuine voice for them in Washington on the most important issues, like health care, jobs and the environment, Mucarsel-Powell said. Residents here know that it’s not enough to say you stand with this community. They’re ready for someone with the courage to truly fight for them.

Curbelo, who is one of the most vulnerable House Republicans in the country, has tried to paint himself as a moderate in Congress. But his record that is anything but moderate. Here are just a few of Curbelo’s lowlights:

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Climate Hawks Vote Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami, FL – Climate Hawks Vote, a national grassroots organization that advocates for environmental champions who will advance policies to address climate change, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for the 2018 election.

“The world is warming faster than Republicans are warming up to believing in climate change,” said RL Miller, president of Climate Hawks Vote. “The ice sheets can’t wait for Republicans to come around to accepting basic science, then debating possible solutions, and only then begin to discuss the possibility of a bipartisan bill. We have to vote them out instead.

“Carlos Curbelo tries to have it both ways. He introduced a carbon tax bill, HR 6463, which has attracted a grand total of two cosponsors. He stands up against oil drilling off the Florida coast–but he’s voted for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He’s happy to accept oil money–$10,000 each from Exxon and Chevron, $5,000 each from Valero and Marathon Petroleum, $1,000 each from American Petroleum Institute and American Gas Association, in 2017-18 alone.

“Curbelo is just another climate peacock, strutting and squawking and then voting with Donald Trump 83 percent of the time,” Miller added.

Mucarsel-Powell, who previously worked at the Coral Restoration Foundation, made a pledge not to take money from the fossil fuel industry for her congressional campaign. She has also rejected the money of U.S. Sugar, which earned her the endorsement of the local grassroots group Bullsugar.

“As we move into the next stage in the urgent fight against climate change, I am honored to stand with Climate Hawks Vote and the members of my community who demand less empty talk and more concrete action to protect our coasts and our environment,” Mucarsel-Powell said.

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Debbie’s New TV Ad Focuses On Fighting For Affordable Health Care

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, released her newest ad this week in conjunction with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Named “Worry,” the ad highlights her commitment to fighting Republican efforts to strip South Florida families’ access to essential medical services.

“No one should have to worry about whether they can see a doctor, buy a prescription, or recover from an illness,” Mucarsel-Powell narrates. “We Democrats are fighting to stop insurance companies from charging people with pre-existing conditions more; stop them from charging people over 50 an age tax; and take on the drug companies to bring costs down.”

WATCH AD HERE

Health care is one of the pivotal issues in the contest for Florida’s 26th Congressional District. While Debbie will work to bring down healthcare costs and protect people living with pre-existing conditions, Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo voted 10 times to repeal our current healthcare system, votes that would have gutted crucial protections for the more than 300,000 people living in this district with a pre-existing condition, and made health care significantly more expensive for all Americans.

“I know what it’s like to have an insurance company slam the door in your face when a loved one becomes sick. So, to people like me, this is an issue of life and death,” said Judith Casale, a healthcare advocate and resident of Florida’s 26th Congressional District. “When insurance companies found out my husband had melanoma, they refused to cover us. My Congressman, Carlos Curbelo, and his party are trying to take us back to a system where profits are more important than the lives of those we love. I’m supporting Debbie because she’s spent her career helping people in our community and expanding access to affordable care. I know she’ll do the same for us in Congress.”

The new ad comes as Mucarsel-Powell is surging in the polls heading into the final weeks of the campaign. A recent survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP) showed Mucarsel-Powell leading Curbelo, a two-term congressman, by one point (45-44). Similarly, a recent poll commissioned by the New York Times showed both candidates in a statistical tie.

The race between Democrat Mucarsel-Powell and Republican Curbelo is considered one of the most competitive in the country. CNN, Real Clear Politics, and FiveThirtyEight have rated the contest a toss-up.

TRANSCRIPT:

No one should have to worry about whether they can see a doctor, buy a prescription, or recover from an illness.

We Democrats are fighting to stop insurance companies from charging people with pre-existing conditions more;

Stop them from charging people over 50 an age tax; and take on the drug companies to bring costs down.

I’m Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, and I approve this message so we can make health care affordable for all of us.

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AFSCME Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami, FL – The Florida chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the nation’s largest public services employees union with more than 1.6 million members, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for the 2018 election.

“We support Debbie’s commitment to secure pensions, improve our healthcare system and protect Medicare and Social Security,” said Jacqui Carmona, Political Director of AFSCME Florida. “South Florida needs a representative who cares about workers and the middle class, and we can trust Debbie to always put hardworking people first.”

Unions, workers and allies in Florida have rallied around Mucarsel-Powell in the fight to unseat Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo. In the past months, Debbie has been endorsed by Florida AFL-CIO, SEIU Florida, United Faculty of Miami-Dade College, United Teachers of Dade, and Teamsters Local Union 769.

In addition to Mucarsel-Powell’s strong support among community groups, her support among voters is also surging. According to recent surveys, Debbie has all the momentum heading into the final weeks of the campaign. One poll showed Mucarsel-Powell leading Curbelo, a two-term congressman, by one point (45-44).

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State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami, FL – Sen. José Javier Rodríguez, who has represented the 37th District in the Florida Senate since 2016, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the race for Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

As a longtime Floridian, Debbie understands the issues facing our families, especially under this administration, said State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez.We need someone in Congress who will stand up to the abuses of President Trump and his administration, expand opportunities for the next generation and fight against climate change. I am happy to endorse her as the next congresswoman from Florida.

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Six Weeks From Election Day, Mucarsel-Powell Controls the Momentum

MIAMI – As Election Day nears in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has surged in recent polls and holds all the momentum heading into the final weeks of the campaign.

In a survey published on Friday by the organization Protect Our CareMucarsel-Powell topped Curbelo by one point, 45-44. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) between Sep. 17 and Sept. 19, surveyed 511 voters in the district who answered automated calls. The margin of error was ±4.3.

Similarly, a recent survey commissioned by the New York Times showed both candidates in a virtual tie, with Curbelo holding a slim 3-point lead over Mucarsel-Powell. The poll, conducted by Siena College and published last week, also showed a majority of voters would prefer Democrats to take control of the U.S. House after November. It was conducted between Sept. 13 and Sept. 17 and included 509 completed calls, with a margin of error of ±5.

Most experts have pointed to Rep. Curbelo as one of the most endangered Republican incumbents in the country. As Debbie controls more and more of the momentum, evidence on the ground suggests they’re correct.

“Congressman Curbelo has put his party’s politics above the interests of our community, and voters are tired of it, said Melvin Félix, spokesperson for the Mucarsel-Powell campaign. “Our campaign’s momentum continues to grow as more people learn about Debbie’s vision and about Curbelo’s terrible voting record in Washington. 

“Curbelo has been on the wrong side of every issue that matters most to our families, whether it’s on healthcare, tax reform, or gun safety. South Floridians are ready for a real champion like Debbie who will actually represent the values of this community in Congress.”

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Six Weeks From Election Day, Mucarsel-Powell Controls the Momentum

MIAMI – As Election Day nears in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has surged in recent polls and holds all the momentum heading into the final weeks of the campaign.

In a survey published on Friday by the organization Protect Our CareMucarsel-Powell topped Curbelo by one point, 45-44. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) between Sep. 17 and Sept. 19, surveyed 511 voters in the district who answered automated calls. The margin of error was ±4.3.

Similarly, a recent survey commissioned by the New York Times showed both candidates in a virtual tie, with Curbelo holding a slim 3-point lead over Mucarsel-Powell. The poll, conducted by Siena College and published last week, also showed a majority of voters would prefer Democrats to take control of the U.S. House after November. It was conducted between Sept. 13 and Sept. 17 and included 509 completed calls, with a margin of error of ±5.

Most experts have pointed to Rep. Curbelo as one of the most endangered Republican incumbents in the country. As Debbie controls more and more of the momentum, evidence on the ground suggests they’re correct.

“Congressman Curbelo has put his party’s politics above the interests of our community, and voters are tired of it, said Melvin Félix, spokesperson for the Mucarsel-Powell campaign. “Our campaign’s momentum continues to grow as more people learn about Debbie’s vision and about Curbelo’s terrible voting record in Washington. 

“Curbelo has been on the wrong side of every issue that matters most to our families, whether it’s on healthcare, tax reform, or gun safety. South Floridians are ready for a real champion like Debbie who will actually represent the values of this community in Congress.”

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