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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said on Wednesday that Democrat Alex Sink’s loss in Florida’s special congressional election highlights the party’s need to address voter turnout heading into November’s midterm elections. Democratic pollster Geoff Garin said on a conference call the DCCC must “change the complexion of turnout,” noting Republicans voter advantage.
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., said he called Sink after her loss to encourage her to run again this November when Gov. Rick Scott will be up for reelection—a reason they believe will initiate a larger share of Democratic voters. He said the DCCC is ready to make investments in further understanding the low turnout and what it will take to increase participation. The DCCC said last year’s Democratic victory in the Virginia’s gubernatorial race shows they will be able to do that.
Garin added that Sink’s message of breaking through Washington gridlock was “very successful” and made the race close. He also indicated that Republican David Jolly’s stumping to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act did not resonate with voters effectively and “will be detrimental to them [Republicans]” in other competitive districts in November.