WASHINGTON – GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell are running neck-and-neck in the contest for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, according to a poll released Tuesday.
The Mason Dixon poll found that 46 percent of the respondents said they support Curbelo, compared with 45 percent who said they support Mucarsel-Powell. Nine percent said they are not sure which candidate they support.
Male voters said they favor Curbelo 52 percent to 36 percent while female voters said they prefer Mucarsel-Powell 53 precent to 41 percent.
The sampling included 625 registered voters and was carried out Oct. 3-9. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Curbelo, 38, has served in Congress since 2015. He is considered a moderate Republican. Curbelo 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.
Recent polls showed Democrats in a good position to pick up the 23 seats needed to retake the House.