Time is up for Republican David Rivera and Democrat Joe Garcia.
Miami-Dade County elections data show that on Aug. 24, only 14 percent of registered Democrats voted while 24 percent of Republicans made it to the polls. This despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans in District 25. The question for Democrats is: Did this happen again today?
The New York Times‘ projected elections results say, “based on polling, expert forecasts, fundraising, past election returns and other indicators, this is the prediction of how the district will vote on Nov. 2″: Rivera winning with 51percent of the vote to Garcia’s 46 percent.
Despite calling this race a tossup the Timeshas Rivera with a 79 percent chance of winning the District 25.
The candidates for U.S Congressional District 25 spoke frequently about the economy and jobs, the Cuban embargo, the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, health care reform, tax cuts and even foreign affairs, all mostly along party lines.
They also worked hard to attack each other. Garcia used reporting from media to pounce on Rivera’s problems in reporting on his sources of income.
Rivera fought back linking Garcia to Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama at a time when Democratic party figures are linked by conservatives to the current economic crisis.
But Pelosi came to South Florida to show her support for Garcia.
In the fundraising area, Rivera did a little better than Garcia. OpenSecrets.org reports that as of Oct. 13 Rivera had $1.74 million and Garcia $1.42 million. Garcia had raised in 2008 almost $1.8 million when he faced incumbent Republican Mario Diaz-Ballart.
Rivera received $396,000 in contributions from business and ideological political action committees, while Garcia raised $325,000 from ideological, labor and business PACs.