2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

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Joe Garcia Defeats U.S. Rep. David Rivera for Congressional Seat: AP

U.S. Rep. David Rivera and his Democratic challenger, Joe Garcia, were competing for Florida’s Congressional District 26 seat.

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    Democrat Joe Garcia addressed supporters Tuesday night after defeating Republican Congressman David Rivera.

    Republican Congressman David Rivera is being sent home after one term amid accusations of ethics violations.

    With 80 percent of District 26 precincts reporting, Democrat Joe Garcia led with 53.9 percent of the vote.

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    Garcia said Congress engages in too much partisan rhetoric instead of solving problems. "And hopefully we can turn the page in this election and start working together as a country like we always have," the Democratic challenger said. Republican Congressman David Rivera said voters are focused on his message of creating jobs, improving the economy, and bringing fiscal responsibility back to Washington. "I think the voters realize that those are the challenges facing our nation, and they want to make sure that we reject the failed economic policies of the past," he said.

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    The embattled Miami congressman was out-fundraised more than 2-to-1, saw his district's lines be redrawn in a way seen more favorable to Garcia and, more than anything else, was seeking re-election under a cloud of ethical lapses.

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    The Florida Ethics Commission found probable cause last month that Rivera committed 11 ethics laws violations while a state lawmaker.

    Garcia had also run against Rivera in 2010. He goes to Washington representing the Florida Keys and mostly suburban and rural parts of Miami-Dade and Collier counties.

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