A new poll suggests that two Republican members of Congress from Miami are facing a tight race from their Democratic challengers -- the first significant challenge to the incumbents in years.
The poll, by Bendixen & Associates, shows Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart, Cuban-American brothers with a long Miami political pedigree, are leading their Democratic challengers by only single digits with four months to go to the election. Potentially more troubling for the GOP incumbents, the poll shows neither cracked 50 percent of the vote. That's a far cry from their dominance in previous campaigns.
"This election shows signs of being something of a reckoning for the Diaz-Balart brothers," said pollster Fernand Amandi, executive vice president at the polling company. The Coral Gables-based firm, which specializes in Hispanic polling, worked for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, but has not worked with any of the congressional candidates.