The POLITICO has reported that Republican senatorial candidate Rep. David Jolly is considering whether he will drop out of his Senate race and run for reelection to his House seat.
Back in April, we reported that there was “talk in the Washington Republican political establishment” that Jolly run for reelection because of polling conducted by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) showed that he would have a good chance of defending his seat.
There is talk in the Washington Republican political establishment that Rep. David Jolly, a senatorial candidate in Florida, could leave his contested senate primary race and defend his congressional seat against Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, Charlie Crist.
The talk is resonating from within the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), where one source is saying that the NRCC has conducted a public opinion poll that has Jolly edging out Crist by 4 percentage points in a head-to-head race.
The same source is also saying that Jolly is open to make the move, but is holding out for the full support of the NRCC and the donor base of support that comes along with it.-Shark Tank
Jolly’s campaign denied the rumor.
If Jolly were to run for reelection, his general election opponent would be non other than political chameleon Charlie Crist.
Enter Senator Marco Rubio.
Rubio has repeatedly said that he will not run for reelection to the U.S. Senate, but recently stated that if his friend and senatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera was not in the race, he could give it a shot.
With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) pushing for Rubio to run to preserve his seat, Floridians have taken notice and more than half of the voting Republican electorate would back a possible Rubio reelection campaign.
So what does Jolly say about all of this talk that Rubio may get in the race?
“I would withdraw from the Senate race and support Rubio for reelection.”-Rep. David Jolly told POLITICO in a written statement Friday.
Jolly is currently second behind Carlos Beruff in the latest Florida Senate Mason-Dixon poll conducting, but lacks the money needed to run a statewide Senate campaign, as well as the name identification needed to actually win the seat.
It is late in the game, and all of the GOP senatorial candidates-Beruff, Jolly, DeSantis, Wilcox, Lopez-Cantera- have struggled to grasp the necessary name recognition needed.