We had our fingers crossed, but Debbie Wasserman Schultz last night succeeded in fending off challenger Tim Canova in her Florida primary challenge.
The Hill reports, Wasserman Schultz dispatched a challenge from law professor Tim Canova who sought to capitalize on the controversies surrounding her tenure at the DNC and ride on the popularity of Sanders. With 81 percent of the vote counted, Wasserman Schultz had 57 percent to Canova’s 42 percent, the Associated Press reported.
Canova’s underdog bid against Wasserman Schultz became a proxy battle for progressives sympathetic to Sanders who were frustrated with the Democratic establishment.
Wasserman Schultz became a target of that anger long before the DNC hack, which served to confirm Sanders supporters’ suspicions that she favored Clinton.
Wasserman Schultz will easily waltz to victory in her heavily Democratic district. She faces (once again) Republican Joe Kaufman, the Don Quixote of congressional candidates who, every two years, dreams the impossible dream of defeating the former DNC chair.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]