2 Democrats challenge Diaz-Balarts in Miami-Dade

07/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A new poll in Miami-Dade shows two Democratic challengers making a serious run at GOP incumbents Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart.

The unpopularity of the Iraq war and President Bush, as well as scandals that saw some GOP congressmen go to jail, allowed Democrats to regain Congress in the 2006 elections.

Democrats think they can make even more inroads this November. In the Miami-Dade area, considerable resources have been expended to take on three longtime Republicans – Ilena Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balart brothers.

Polls taken recently show that Ros-Lehtinen has a comfortable edge over Democratic challenger Annette Taddeo.

But the other two races are much closer.

In Florida’s 25th Congressional District, Mario Diaz-Balart leads Joe Garcia, the former chairman of the Miami–Dade County Democratic Party, 44 to 39 percent with 17 percent still undecided.

Pollster Fernand Armandi says the Democrats are making their push by designing their campaigns around the non-Cubans and Hispanics in their respective districts.

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