As Alex Sink keeps “open mind” about running again for Congress, DCCC polls CD 13

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While Democrat Alex Sink, who on Tuesday lost a bitterly contested special election for Congressional District 13, contemplates running again in the fall, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) polled the district on Thursday to gauge voters’ mindset about how they voted.

Sink told the Tampa Bay Times that she is “keeping an open mind” about running against David Jolly again in November.

“Two days after her narrow loss to Jolly in the special election for Congressional District 13, Sink said she has no timetable for making a decision but is in no rush to decide,” reports Adam Smith.

Before Sink jumps back into this race, she should realize that she will not have anywhere near the level of resources she had in the special election, no matter what DCCC Chairman Steve Israel says. On Wednesday, Israel pledged that he “will do everything, I mean everything, to support” Sink if she chooses to run again, but he also said the organization wants to give her “time to assess her options.”

While Sink makes up her mind, the DCCC is polling post-election in CD 13 to learn what it can about what went wrong. According to a former elected official who received the poll on Thursday, they were asked whether they voted, who they voted for, was their view on President Obama a factor in how they voted, was their view on Democrats in Congress a factor in how they voted, was their view on Social Security/Medicare a factor, and was their view on Obamacare a factor in how they voted.

Matt Florell of St. Pete Polls wrote on Facebook that he too was polled on Thursday by West Central Research and was asked about Internet ads and what outreach methods were most effective.

The Democrat’s machinations should come as a surprise few because it was expected, after Congressman Bill Young died, that whomever ran for and won the special election to replace him, that that person would have to run in competitive races for several election cycles to come.

Congressional District 13 is now home to a permanent campaign.

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