Florida's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 26th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Carlos Curbelo Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Joe Garcia Democratic Party
Joe Garcia.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss Up[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Lean D[3]

Florida U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 26th Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 31, 2014
August 26, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Florida has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Joe Garcia (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Florida's 26th Congressional District is a new district that was created as a result of the 2010 Census.[4] The new district includes portions of Monroe and Miami-Dade counties in the southern tip of Florida, including the Florida Keys.[5]


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August 26, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Race background

The third time proved to be the charm for Garcia, as he ran against Mario Diaz Balart in 2008 but lost by six percent, ran again in 2010 but lost to David Rivera by almost ten percent and finally managed to be elected to the office in 2012.[12]

Almost as soon as Garcia was sworn in, Republicans started lining up to challenge the freshman Democrat. While the district was starting to become more Democratic, Republicans still held a registration advantage in the district leading up to the election.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

Incumbent Garcia was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[13]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Curbelo to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list received "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[14] In March 2014, Curbelo was included on the NRCC's "Young Guns" list.[15]

Incumbent Garcia was defeated by Curbelo in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Republican primary

Scandal-plagued former Rep. David Rivera, who defeated Garcia in 2010 before being ousted by him in 2012, looked to make a political comeback despite facing continued investigations.[16]

Rivera’s re-emergence did not sit well with the other Republicans already looking to defeat Garcia. Miami Dade School Board member Curbelo brought up Rivera's ongoing investigations.[16] Curbelo was the Republican establishment favorite in the race and earned the endorsement of former Gov. Jeb Bush.[17] Curbelo and Rivera previously went to head to head in 2008 for Miami-Dade Republican chairman when Rivera, then a state Representative, won the post by just 1 vote.[18]

Rivera and Sen. Marco Rubio are reportedly friends, though the two have not been as close as in past years amid Rivera's political and legal investigations.[19] The two still jointly own a rental home, but associates of the two say Rubio would like to sell it and that he does not think it is a good idea for Rivera to run for Congress against Curbelo.[18]

Former Miami-Dade County Commission Chair Joe Martinez, who ran for Miami-Dade mayor in 2012, Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, a businessman who served in Vietnam and as a police officer and attorney Lorenzo Palomares Starbuck also ran in the primary.[12][16]

State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, who defeated fellow state Rep. Ana Rivas Logan in a tough Republican primary between two incumbents in 2012, initially signaled that he intended to run but failed to file prior to the filing deadline.[12] While many of the Republicans initially rumored as potential candidates eventually passed on the race, the fact that so many names were kicked around shows that this district presents an opportunity for Republicans to possibly pick up a congressional seat.[12]

On July 11, 2014, just over two months after initially launching a campaign for his old seat, Rivera suspended his campaign, and instead said he was considering a run for the state House in 2016.[20] A month after announcing he suspended his campaign, Rivera announced on August 11, 2014, that he would continue his campaign for the Republican primary.[21] Rivera was defeated in the primary election by Curbelo.


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[22] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[23] Joe Garcia voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[25] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Joe Garcia voted for HR 2775.[26]

Campaign contributions

Incumbent Joe Garcia’s team announced on July 9, 2013, that he raised about $440,000 in the previous three months and had about $800,000 cash on hand.[27]

Joe Garcia

Ed MacDougall

Carlos Curbelo

District history


On November 6, 2012, Joe Garcia (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated David Rivera, Angel Fernandez and Jose Peixoto in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Garcia 53.6% 135,694
     Republican David Rivera Incumbent 43% 108,820
     Independent Angel Fernandez 2.3% 5,726
     Independent Jose Peixoto 1.1% 2,717
Total Votes 252,957
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

See also

External links


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