Carlos Curbelo to announce tomorrow his intentions for CD 26 seat

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 Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo announced that he would make a statement tomorrow regarding his interest in the U.S. Congressional District 26 seat.

After the announcement from his home in Miami, scheduled July 9 at 11:30 a.m., Curbelo will be available to answer questions from the media.

Curbelo has been the favored Republican to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia, who continues to fend off accusations his staff was involved in absentee ballot fraud.

The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office recently investigated Garcia’s campaign manager and a former campaign worker who also worked as his congressional representative.

The state attorney’s office investigated John Estes and Giancarlo Sopo of fraudulently requesting 500 ballots for the Aug. 14 Democratic primary. Jeffrey Garcia, top political advisor and congressional chief of staff for Rep. Garcia (no relation) took responsibility for the incident and was fired. Garcia placed Sopo on administrative leave.

Garcia’s troubles leave his seat vulnerable to a staunch Republican attack in 2014. Curbelo has been seen as the most likely to unseat him in the general election.

Recent polling on a potential matchup between Curbelo and Garcia has the GOP favorite trailing by 12 points. However, when adding questions about Garcia’s current election fraud scandals, Curbelo then leads by one point, making the race a “dead heat.”

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