For John, BLUF: The whining will only increase as the year goes forward. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Yesterday The Washington Post had an article on money spent in the Florida 13th Race. Blogger Althouse referred to it when she described the EMail she got after the election on Tuesday. The Subject Line was "Last night was scary, Ann." Professor Althouse did wonder if the Subject Line was just sent to the females on the mailing list. Basically, the EMail whined about how their poor candidate had been badly outspent by outside money.
Jolly ran as a natural successor to Young. But he struggled to raise money in the campaign, lagging behind Sink, who unlike him, did not have to endure a contested primary that drained resources. Sink, Jolly and their affiliated groups spent more than $12 million in the campaign, making it one of the most expensive House races ever.Bonus Comment: "Who Scares Democrats More Than the Koch Brothers? Nate Silver." Yes, that Nate Silver. Mr FiveThirtyEight.
As a result of Sink's money advantage over Jolly, she enjoyed a head start out of the gates at the beginning of the general election sprint in mid-January. Voters started casting absentee ballots -- a popular way of voting in the district -- later that month, giving Democrats an opportunity to capitalize on Jolly's inability to spend big money on a positive, introductory message over the airwaves. But Sink did not build a big enough lead in absentee voting to prevail on election day.
Hat tip to Ann Althouse.
Regards — Cliff