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National Democrats want Sink to run again

Alex Sink delivers her concession speech Tuesday night.

Dirk Shadd | Times

Alex Sink delivers her concession speech Tuesday night.



DCCC Chairman Steve Israel this morning deemed Alex Sink an "extraordinary candidate" and said he wants her to run again.

"The decision is hers to make," Israel said in a conference call. "We're not going to approach her until she has time to kind of assess her options. But I believe that if Alex Sink decides to run, she will win November and we do will everything, and I mean everything, to support her."

Asked about other potential challengers to Rep.-elect David Jolly, Israel said: "We haven't started thinking about who else may be viable. I am hopeful that Alex and I can talk soon."

Israel and pollster Geoff Garin played down the effect of Obamacare in the outcome, though conceded it was a motivating factor for Republicans. Sink lost, they asserted, because Democrats did not turn out on Election Day. If Obamacare motivated Republicans yesterday, Democrats feel Gov. Rick Scott will drive November turnout in their favor.

Garin noted than 49,000 fewer people voted Tuesday than in the November 2010 general election, a drop of about 21 percent. He asserted that Sink had " essentially neutralized" the health care issue by stressing she wanted to see changes, and not just repeal. "In our final poll, where the ballot test was dead even, she had an advantage above what she was performing on the ballot test in terms of who people trusted on the Affordable Care Act. She was sort of out-performing her vote on that particular issue."

Naturally Republicans see it differently.

But will the risk-averse Sink risk another run?

In a television interview before the election, she said she would not seek the seat in November, according to the reporter. (The Tampa Bay Times has reached out to Sink.)

For what it's worth, Sink's campaign advisor, Ashley Walker, was on the conference call this morning.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:48pm]


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