Skip to comments.David Jolly defeats Alex Sink in Florida 13th (Early test case of Obamacare)
Posted on 03/11/2014 5:46:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Republican David Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the special election for Floridas 13th District on Tuesday in an expensive race watched closely by both parties as the midterm election season kicks into high gear.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jolly beat Sink 48.5 percent to 46.6 percent, according to The Associated Press.
Both Democrats and the GOP plowed millions of dollars into the swing district race in hopes of an election year boost. The results appeared to vindicate the strategy of the GOP, which focused its attacks on linking Sink to Obamacare and managed to win with an untested candidate that many in the national party had grown frustrated with.
Sink was ultimately brought down because of her unwavering support for Obamacare, and that should be a loud warning for other Democrats running coast to coast, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said in a statement.
Democrats countered that Sink had done fairy well considering the climate, and noted that another vote for the seat is just a few months away.
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Doesn’t Jolly have to run this election all over again in November?
GOP gotta go right. Gotta get rid of those Libertarians. Deal with the Two Party System, FRiends. The best can be the enemy of the good and the friend of the worst.
I thought this was a lean dem district.
Whew...David Jolly was not a very strong candidate whereas Sink was a recent statewide candidate.
This win is huge...not just holding the seat. That 1.9% prevented a wall-to-wall media onslaught about how Democrats were now squarely back in command, Obama and Obamacare are surging in popularity, etc.
Im sure Rubio and the neocons didn’t help. I believe there would be a lot of protest votes.
A couple of other threads if anyone is interested in the comments thereon:
DAVID JOLLY BEATS ALEX SINK IN FLA 13 RACE
FLORIDA SPECIAL ELECTION RESULTS: GOP’S DAVID JOLLY LEADS
No, the libertarians have to get rid of those rancid, utterly corrupt, unprincipled Republicans.
I had heard from Republican operatives that this seat was lost; I’m glad they were wrong. CNN was treating this election as a bellwether for Obamacare this morning, I believe in the expectation that Sink, who had a sizable lead in the polls, would win. Now that she lost, I bet it hardly gets a mention tomorrow, only as a longtime Republican district and without much reference to it being a test for Obamacare.
The Dims’ pet Libertarian could not pull it out for them, apparently.
Sink outspent the white guy 4 to 1 in a district that Obama won twice. And she had a big advantage being a victim in the “war on women”.
I think it leans towards the rats.....But not by much....But the GOP has held it for 15 years....
Sink (D) should have won this easily. Although it has been in Republican hands since the 80s, she has great name recognition that Jolly didn’t have. Also, Jolly had to go through a primary battle and spent lots of money early on. Sink didn’t have a primary opponent. Also, considering the changing demographics of the area, it should have been much easier for Sink. Obamacare and lousy campaigning did her in. Thank God. Too bad Jolly has to run again in November...
Also, if Ms Sink really wants to support
Obamacare Democratcare within the framework of the Constitution then she needs to do the following. She needs to work with state and federal lawmakers to propose a healthcare amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. And if the Constitution's Article V state supermajority chooses to ratify her amendment, then Obamacare Democratcare will actually be constitutional and Sink will be a hero.
Sink is sunk!