(Bloomberg) – The Democrats may have trouble getting their people to turn out to vote in November.
David Plouffe, a onetime White House senior adviser and a strategist for both of Obama’s presidential campaigns, made that argument this weekend in an interview on Bloomberg Television.
David Jolly, a Republican, defeated Alex Sink, a Democrat, March 11, in an election for a Tampa-area House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. C.W. Young.
Jolly won by a vote of 48.4 percent to 46.6 percent, after supporters waged a fierce television advertising fight that focused on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – Obamacare.
Sink campaigned on the need to fix Obamacare. Jolly called for repealing the law.
The election drew little more than half as many voters in the district as in the 2012 presidential race, when Obama won the area by 1.5 percentage points for re-election and Young was re-elected.
Former New Hampshire Sen. John Sununu, a Republican, said on Bloomberg Television that the result of the Florida vote is an indication that discontent over PPACA “will drive the election, that it’s a loser for Democrats.”
“Special elections in a run-up do generally point to where the trend is headed,” said Sununu, 49, who lost his bid for a second term in 2008.