The 22nd District is still considered to be a lean-Democratic race, but recent polling has placed West within striking distance of Rep. Ron Klein. Weis, of course, is confident that West’s margin is only going to grow now that the race has been nationalized.
“Our latest Poll showed us 6 points ahead of our opponent, I think any shift will only add to that lead,” said Weis.
Also contributing to the surge in Florida’s Republican appeal is the anti-Obama theme seeping through the state.
“Alex Sink? Big government, big taxes, friend of Obama – no way,” said Bud Harder, a Vietnam vet who had retired in Florida, and is active in supporting Republican candidates statewide.
Marco Rubio is the perfect example of a candidate who has capitalized on the anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat sentiments. At a campaign stop in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, he told a group of small businessmen that one of the main selling points for his campaign was the fact that his two opponents, Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek, simply represented the same thing that’s come out of Washington for the past two years.
“We know that what we need to send to Washington D.C. are people that will stand up to it, fight against this agenda, and instead fight on behalf of an alternative to this agenda that [Democrats] are taking our country,” he said.