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Sanders Supporters Seek to Toss Out Wasserman Schultz in Fla.

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Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016 11:39 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Florida is bracing for what promises to be the most heated U.S. House primary for Democrats — pitting embattled Debbie Wasserman Schultz against law professor Tim Canova.

Bernie Sanders supporters have wasted no time getting in line behind Canova, who so far has taken in more than $2 million — $125,000 in the week following Wasserman Schultz’s exit from the DNC.

Sanders himself has endorsed the insurgent candidate.

Despite the heavy guns, according to a survey at the end of July by the FM3 polling company, Wasserman Schultz leads Canova by a margin of 46 to 38 percent.

More bad news for the Sanders camp: A few days ago, a poll conducted by the Patriot Majority Political Action Committee was released showing the six-term congresswoman leading Canova by a margin of 59 to 26 percent among likely Democratic voters. The PAC is affiliated with Patriot Majority USA, which is a “liberal, labor-backed nonprofit,” according to The Miami Herald.

But the Sanders supporters I spoke to believe their “Debbie must go” fervor just might be enough to carry the day. They remember that with the release of 19,000 leaked emails showing top operatives of the Democratic National Committee were privately working to boost Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, the fury from Sanders supporters was enough to force longtime Clinton ally Wasserman Schultz to resign as DNC chairwoman.

Others see the contest in the Sunshine State’s 23rd District (Miami) as a no-brainer for Wasserman Shultz.  “My bet is Wasserman Schultz wins with at least 60 percent of the vote,” Jay O’Callaghan, polling expert and seasoned observer of Florida politics, told me. “Her district was drawn for her [in the redistricting process] and she has the backing of the local Democratic machine.”

O’Callaghan also noted that Hillary Clinton won the district handily in the presidential primary.

The primary election takes place on Aug. 30.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.


 

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