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Perhaps David Jolly would be better off to run for reelection against Charlie Crist



I columnized today about the speculation that Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly could or should run for reelection rather than for U.S. Senate. He has until June 24 finally to make up his mind.

...That the National Republican Congressional Committee declined to comment Monday on a possible Jolly re-election campaign speaks volumes about its feelings about the former K Street lobbyist attacking members on 60 Minutes as sleazy money-grubbers.

Jolly calls himself the front-runner for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. Maybe so, but just barely.

He led the field of five little-known candidates in two of three polls taken in March. But two of those polls also showed more than three-quarters of Florida Republicans were undecided. That's a wide open race.

Jolly currently leads (sort of) for one reason: He resides in Tampa Bay, home to a quarter of Florida's Republicans, and two years ago he won a special election against Democrat Alex Sink in which $12 million in TV ads built up his name recognition.

Without a clear favorite in this year's primary, money could be the single most important factor. Jolly is likely to be outspent. In the first three months of 2016, he raised about $308,000 and spent $253,000.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 11:29am]


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