Cuban American Irina Vilarino raises big cash in run to win back FL-26 House seat for Republicans

Miami Republican and Cuban American Irina Vilarino exceeded expectations, bringing in nearly $300,000 in campaign contributions during her first quarter of fundraising. Vilarino is running to unseat Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who won the seat in 2018 after the retirement of Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Floridian Press reports:

Freshman Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) has found her match in her upcoming reelection bid, and her opponent has just exceeded all expectations.

In the battle for Florida’s Congressional District 26 seat, the once-Republican chair could turn red again as Irina Vilarino has amassed over $270,000 in her first quarter. So far, she is the only Republican that has filed to unseat Rep. Mucarsel-Powell.

Commenting on the achievement, Vilarino expressed that she was “overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment of my donors to our cause and all we believe in.”She added that “from the very beginning of our campaign, I have made it clear that the American Dream should not suffer because of liberals who insist every government action should end in higher taxes and needless regulations.”

Vilarino concluded that she believes “in a freedom and prosperity that sustains our strong economic growth under President Trump and ultimately restores faith in the American people.”

Most of Vilarino’s campaign contributions came from local contributors, a indication she has strong support in the community. As a businesswoman, Vilarino is also running a shrewd campaign, keeping her expenses in check in order to maximize its effectiveness.

It will certainly be an interesting race in 2020 for FL-26.

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