David Jolly: No Decision on Exiting Senate Race, but ‘Boy, Would It Be Fun to Run against Charlie Crist’
Florida representative David Jolly, per Politico’s Marc Caputo, is considering exiting the Florida Senate race and instead running for reelection to the House. Speaking to National Review on the subject Wednesday, Jolly says it’s not a decision he’s made yet, …
Financing the Florida Senate Race
The Florida Senate race will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting of the 2016 cycle. Republican congressman Ron DeSantis announced early, and others, including lieutenant governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, are expected to challenge him in the primary, which would set up …
Florida’s Lieutenant Governor on Why the Florida GOP Must Win the 2016 Senate Race
While the political world waits with excitement#…#well, contentment . . . well, impatience for Jeb Bush to make his announcement, another Florida politician is also inching closer to a decision on a high-stakes campaign for office:
Lopez-Cantera on Why Florida GOP Must …
Florida Democrat on Early Voting So Far: ‘This Is Horrible.’
This is not what Florida Democrats wanted to read after the first weekend of early voting:
South Florida in-person early voting turnout might have been relatively lighter than expected this weekend, but Democrats for the first time this election still …
Republicans Doing Just Fine in Early Vote in N.C., Iowa, Florida
Rmmember when the rest of the country laughed at Floridians for not being able to correctly fill out a ballot? A lot of Floridians — particularly Republicans — have gotten the early-voting part down:
More than 683,000 absentee ballots were cast …
GOP AG Chair ‘Guardedly Optimistic’ about Nov.
Alan Wilson, chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association told me in a phone interview he is feeling “very good” about GOP incumbent attorneys general holding onto their jobs this November.
Of the 25 seats Republicans currently hold nationwide, 17 are up …
Former United States attorney general Ed Meese spoke with Genevieve Wood of the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal about “the most lawless administration in the history of the country.” Meese goes on to say that he believes the greatest protection …
Getting Out the Vote . . . Everywhere
The Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt features a brief look at the Inauguration hoopla, some ominous developments in Mali and Algeria in the war on terror, and then this continuing discussion of how Republicans ought to tinker with new …
From Gloom to Hope in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida
The mood from GOP insiders, both inside and outside the Romney campaign, was looking pretty gloomy about 45 minutes ago, with great anxieties about Virginia, Florida, and even North Carolina. As more returns have come in, the mood is brightened considerably …
Early Vote in Volusia Shifted 15 Points to the GOP From 2008
One of my key counties to watch tonight is Volusia County, Florida, northeast of Orlando.
In 2008, Obama carried the county, 52.19 percent to 46.53 percent for John McCain.
The early vote in Volusia is concluded. Registered Democrats made up 44.8 percent of the …
Skyscraper Paradise — Miami’s Brickell Should Be Urban America’s Future
Miami — As someone who has visited every major U.S. city, I can attest that there isn’t another neighborhood quite like Miami’s Brickell. The 1.19-square-mile area south of downtown is the sort of gleaming overnight skyscraper zone that …
He Absolutely Will Not Stop, Ever, Until He’s Elected . . .
From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
And You Thought We Had Seen the Last of Charlie Crist#…#
“Listen, and understand! Charlie Crist is out there! He can’t be bargained with! He can’t be reasoned with! He doesn’t feel …
Is the GOP Doomed to Lose Marco Rubio’s Senate Seat?
Electing a Republican to Marco Rubio’s Senate seat — quite possibly going to be left empty as the senator runs for president in 2016 — is not Mission: Impossible for the Florida GOP. Just Mission: Extremely Difficult.
Rubio has made …
Florida GOP Spotlights Crist’s Answer on Strip-Club Owner Donations
The Republican party of Florida is spotlighting this exchange between Charlie Crist and an interviewer, regarding $90,000 in contributions from strip-club owners — including contributions from owners of one that was the target of “a lengthy police investigation into allegations of …
Not Much Is Coming Easy to the GOP This Cycle
The Thursday morning poll roundup…
Arizona Governor: “Forty-one percent of likely voters said they were likely to vote for Doug Ducey, the Republican nominee, while 39 percent said they would vote for Fred DuVal, the Democratic nominee — within the poll’s …
Bondi Outpolling Opponent
Florida attorney general Pam Bondi is leading her Democrat opponent, George Sheldon, by 8 points in a poll released by Public Policy Polling. Bondi, current AG, is showing a lead with 43 percent of voters, while Sheldon only pulls 35.
New Poll Shows Rick Scott Ahead in Florida’s Gubernatorial Race
Hmm. The conventional wisdom on Florida’s governor’s race is that incumbent Republican Rick Scott is in deep trouble.
Then again, maybe not:
Scott leads [Republican-turned Democrat Charlie] Crist 45 percent to 44 percent, in a new Voter Survey Service poll, commissioned by …
Three Florida State Supreme Court Justices Could Leave the Bench
On November 6, Florida Supreme Court justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince were up for retention election and were easily retained. As I discussed earlier on Bench Memos (as did Carrie Severino here and here) all three of …
RNC: Florida Panhandle, Colorado, Pittsburgh Looking Good
The RNC sends along:
Exit polls show 60 percent of voters say economy is the number one issue and 60 percent say economy is getting worse or has stagnated. Voters say Romney is the best to handle the economy and they trust …
Republicans 5 Points Ahead of 2008 in Pasco County, Florida
A reader in Pasco County, Florida, calls attention to the fantastically updated county elections site.
I didn’t have Pasco on my list of 50 key counties in the Jolt, but I perhaps should have included it; it is north of …