Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell won over Miami-area Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo on Tuesday, not only flipping the red seat but ousting one of the party’s most aggressive pursuers of climate change.
> It was a hard-fought victory, even if the polls seemed to favor the second-time candidate and former associate dean at Florida International University. She attracted support from high-profile Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Adam Schiff and hauled $1.6 million between July and October, topping the incumbent’s fundraising.
> The closely-watched race was seen as a bellwether of Democrats’ chances of making big gains as the midterm votes were tallied.
> The election comes a year after Curbelo ― whose diverse, low-lying district went to Democrat Hillary Clinton by 16 points in 2016 ― staked out a series of moderate stances as the Republican Party embraced increasingly right-wing positions under President Donald Trump.