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Carlos Curbelo posts two-day haul of $50K in CD 26

Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo raised more than $50,000 on Monday and Tuesday according to notices filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Curbelo brought in $7,000 on Monday, followed by another $44,195 on Tuesday, for a total of $51,195 in fundraising across the two days. Congressional candidates are required to report donations of $1,000 or more to the FEC within 48 hours.

Top donors included the National Restaurant Association PAC and the GEO Group, each giving $5,000, though Curbelo also received a $1,000 check Monday from Liz Cheney, the GOP candidate for Wyoming’s lone seat in the House and the daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney.

Curbelo is running against former Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, which is shaping up to be one of closest races in the state.

The incumbent had raised more than $3.5 million for his re-election bid through Oct. 19 and had about $436,000 of that money on hand in his most recent report. Since that report, Curbelo has raised another $108,000, including the flurry of donations to start November.

Garcia had raised about $1.1 million through Oct. 19 and had about $217,000 on hand when the report closed. Since then, the former representative has reported about $116,000 in contributions.

CD 26 covers all of Monroe County and the bulk of southern and inland Miami-Dade County. The majority Hispanic district carries a slight advantage for Democrats in voter registrations and voted in favor of President Barack Obama by 11 points in 2012.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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