Extra special GOP test: Special elections early in a big year often tell us little about what will actually happen in November. And yet there is often a giant reaction to their results. So watch the final days of the race in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.
It has been an “Inside Politics” topic of conversation before, and it will be again. It’s a dead heat, early voting started Saturday, and Republicans are a little nervous.
The Democratic candidate, Alex Sink, ran for governor in 2010 and is a veteran of Florida politics. The Republican, David Jolly, was recruited by the GOP establishment but isn’t as well known and is being attacked for his work as a lobbyist. Plus there is a Libertarian candidate the GOP worries could siphon votes from Jolly.
What this really represents is the latest test of the Gentry GOP’s thesis that they can win running the same old banquet of shit sandwiches on the sole issue of Obamacare. My hunch is that they lose this one because of defections to the Libertarian candidate, which may well scare them to their marrows.