Ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District, challenger Tim Canova took to MSNBC on Monday morning to say the polls, which show incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz up by 10 points, are flawed and that DWS “needs a Hail Mary pass” to win the Tuesday primary.
“The polls are only focusing on likely voters,” Canova said during the 9 a.m. hour.
Canova estimates there are “thousands” of crossover voters behind him, as well as an “energized base” and the “largest field operation in the country of any House campaign” in the South Florida-based district.
Conversely, says Canova, Wasserman Schultz is “hiding behind Washington insiders” and super PAC money.
The expected thumb on the scale from Bernie Sanders never exactly came, beyond a “couple of fundraising emails,” said Canova, but that didn’t matter, given the “grassroots [support] surging in our favor.”
“Bernie Sanders is not on the ballot,” Canova said.
The insurgent challenger’s frustration with Wasserman Schultz’s record as a “drug warrior” and a supporter of the private prison industry and “Big Sugar” was palpable throughout the interview.
Also palpable: Canova’s frustration with the way Wasserman Schultz has approached the campaign.
“All she talks about is Donald Trump and she hides behind her super PAC,” a frustrated Canova said.
Despite a turbulent summer for Wasserman Schultz, which included leaving her post as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, the polls suggest that may be enough for her to win.