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Florida 25th District

Candidates

Mario Diaz-Balart*

Mario Diaz-Balart* (R)*

Bio | Campaign Site

Joe Garcia

Joe Garcia (D)

Bio | Campaign Site

Florida Snapshot

RCP House Ranking: Toss Up

Presidential Race: Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
House Races:
FL-8 | FL-16 | FL-21 | FL-24 | FL-25

Key 2006 State Races:
Gov | FL-13 | FL-16 | FL-22

2004 President:
Kerry (D) vs. Bush (R)
2004 Senate: Castor (D) vs. Martinez (R)

Polling Data

PollDateSampleM. Diaz-Balart (R)Garcia (D)Spread
Daily Kos/R200010/20 - 10/22LV4643M. Diaz-Balart +3
Telemundo 519/27 - 10/1300 RV4341M. Diaz-Balart +2
Daily Kos/R20009/23 - 9/25LV4541M. Diaz-Balart +4

Race Summary

Cuban voters have historically favored Republicans, but with the rise of a younger generation, that could be changing. If it is, look for evidence in Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart's fast-growing district in suburban and exurban Miami. He faces former county Democratic Party chair Joe Garcia, who has raised an impressive amount of money. Barack Obama will likely outperform previous Democratic candidates, but 2008 might still be too early for the party to take the seat.

Previous Election Results

House
2006: M. Diaz-Balart (R) 58, Calderin (D) 42
2004: M. Diaz-Balart (R), unopposed
2002: M. Diaz-Balart (R) 65, Betancourt (D) 35

President
2004: Bush (R) 56, Kerry (D) 44
2000: Bush (R) 55, Gore (D) 45

All Commentary & News Stories

- Diaz-Balart Ads Attack Joe Garcia - Associated Press

- Challenges to Diaz-Balarts Draw National Attention - Miami Herald

- Diaz-Balart, Garcia Clash -- Cordially - Miami Herald

- FL 25: M. Diaz-Balart +3 - Politics Nation