TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – While saying Thursday she was still watching vote-by-mail ballots, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., congratulated her Republican opponent, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, on his victory in their battle in Congressional District 26.

“I still believe in everything we fought for, and I will always stand with you as we continue our fight for progress,” Mucarsel-Powell tweeted. “We’re continuing to closely monitor as all ballots, including potentially undelivered mail ballots, are counted in this race.” She added, “Meanwhile, I want to congratulate Carlos Gimenez on his victory. I’m committed to helping with a smooth transition process so that we continue to serve our constituents during this change.”

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Gimenez received nearly 52 percent of the vote Tuesday in the closely watched district, which covers Monroe County and part of Miami-Dade County.

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Mucarsel-Powell, first elected to Congress in 2018, was trailing by nearly 12,000 votes on Thursday, according to the state Division of Elections.

Mucarsel-Powell and U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, another Miami Democrat, were the only incumbent members of Florida’s congressional delegation to be defeated Tuesday.

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