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GOP Struggles to Field Top Candidate for Ros-Lehtinen’s Seat

Some Republicans and donors are now calling the race unwinnable.

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Ally Mutnick
Jan. 2, 2018, 11:05 a.m.

“The GOP’s inability to find top-shelf candidates to run for” retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R) “seat has some Republicans ready to write off the race and shift money and attention to more winnable contests.” The seat is “now considered unwinnable by some Republicans in Congress and fundraisers who could infuse millions into a competitive congressional race, according to interviews with high-ranking GOP officials and potential donors.”

“Ros-Lehtinen is talking to any Republican who might be willing to step up. She personally met with Spanish-language TV journalist Maria Elvira Salazar at a Cuban restaurant in South Miami in an effort to drum up more competition in the primary. … But Salazar, like many other names bandied about in Miami Republican circles, demurred when asked if she’ll run.”

“Another local official with name recognition, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, said he has no intention of running for the seat after Republicans approached him in recent months.” Miami Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro (R) is running. “But Barreiro’s total fundraising haul through the end of September was $218,100, which puts him behind six Democrats who are seeking the seat.” (Miami Herald)

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