WASHINGTON – Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo are running neck-and-neck in the contest for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, according to a poll released Thursday.
The New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll found that 45 percent of the respondents said they support Mucarsel-Powell, compared with 44 percent who said they support Curbelo. Eleven percent said they are not sure which candidate they support.
The live poll surveyed 499 respondents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
A Mason Dixon poll released last week showed Curbelo leading Mucarsel-Powell 46 percent to 45 percent.
Curbelo, 44, has served in Congress since 2015. He is considered a moderate Republican.
Curbelo is the son of Cuban exiles. He is a strong proponent of immigration reform and is a co-sponsor of the Dream Act.
Mucarsel-Powell, 47, is a bilingual educator. She was born in Ecuador.
The predominantly urban district includes Monroe County (the Keys) and parts of Miami-Dade County.
Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the district by 16 points in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Many polls say Democrats are likely to exceed the 23-seat threshold needed for the party to retake the House.