Florida's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014
November 4, 2014
August 26, 2014
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.
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. The new district includes portions of Monroe and Miami-Dade counties in the southern tip of Florida, including the Florida Keys.
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- Carlos Curbelo: Miami-Dade school board member
- Joe Martinez: Former Miami-Dade Commission Chairman
- Ed MacDougall: Cutler Bay Mayor
- Jose Felix Diaz: State Representative
- Joe Garcia: Incumbent
Incumbent Joe Garcia (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.
The third time proved to be the charm for Joe Garcia, as he ran against Mario Diaz Balart in 2008 but lost by 6 percent, ran again in 2010 but lost to David Rivera by almost 10 percent and finally managed to be elected to the office in 2012.
Almost as soon as Garcia was sworn in, Republicans started lining up to challenge the freshman Democrat. While the district is starting to become more Democratic, Republicans still hold a registration advantage in the district.Cite error: Invalid
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Former Miami-Dade County Commission Chair Joe Martinez, who ran for Miami-Dade mayor in 2012, has already filed to run against Garcia, as has Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, a businessman who served in Vietnam and as a police officer. State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, who defeated fellow state Rep. Ana Rivas Logan in a tough Republican primary between two incumbents last year, has signaled that he intends to run in the primary as well.
The names of other Republicans have also caused some talk, including Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo and Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Members of prominent Republican families -- including Jeb Bush Jr. and various members of the Diaz de la Portilla clan -- have also received their fair share of speculation, but no official word yet on whether any actually intend to run as challengers.
While many of these Republicans will eventually pass on the race, the fact that so many names are being kicked about shows that this district presents an opportunity for Republicans to possibly pick up a congressional seat.
|U.S. House, Florida District 26 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2014
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2014
- The Washington Post "Census 2010 shows red states gaining congressional seats" accessed December 15, 2011
- Florida 2012 Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
- Politico "Carlos Curbelo to challenge Joe Garcia in Florida" accessed July 8, 2013
- CBS "Joe Martinez To Challenge Garcia For Congressional Seat" accessed July 9, 2013
- Miami Herald, "Former Miami-Dade commission chairman to formally challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia," accessed November 20, 2013
- [election.dos.state.fl.us/candidate/CanList.asp Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed January 25, 2014]
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- Sunshine State News "Florida Congressional Races 2014 Early Look Where Fur will Fly" accessed March 8, 2013
- Miami Herald "Joe Garcia draws challenger Carlos Curbelo on day he posts big cash-haul" Accessed July 10, 2013