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January 21, 2014

House GOP Reserves $725,000 in TV Time for Florida Special

Updated 12:02 p.m. | The ad war in Florida’s 13th District special election has officially begun.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved about $725,000 in broadcast and cable advertising from Wednesday until Feb. 10 to support the GOP nominee, lobbyist David Jolly, according to two sources — a Democrat and a Republican — who track media buys.  Full story

January 17, 2014

DCCC Slams Jolly’s Lobbyist Past in Major TV Buy

DCCC Slams Jollys Lobbyist Past in Major TV Buy

Sink is the Democratic nominee in the competitive special election in Florida. (Tim Boyles/Getty Images File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will soon begin a six-figure television advertising campaign in Florida’s 13th District, its first foray onto the airwaves in the competitive special election.

The House Democrats’ political arm has reserved “more than $200,000″ in advertising between Jan. 21-27, according to a Democratic official. Full story

January 15, 2014

Republicans Sound Alarm for Outside Groups in Florida Special

Fewer than two hours after lobbyist David Jolly won the GOP nomination in Florida’s 13th District, word leaked that his campaign had bought a modest $50,000 in airtime for the special election.

But Jolly’s Democratic rival has already done the same — with an advertisement buy six times larger than his.

The lopsided spending illustrates the trajectory of the special election to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young.

The Democratic nominee, former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, begins the general election with a massive financial advantage, boosted by cash-flush outside groups already behind her bid. Jolly must race to catch up after a competitive primary — and Republicans fear he won’t have much help from national conservative outside groups.

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January 14, 2014

David Jolly Wins GOP Special-Election Primary

David Jolly Wins GOP Special Election Primary

Courtesy David Jolly

Lobbyist David Jolly has defeated two GOP rivals to win his party’s nomination in the race to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District. His victory officially kicks off a high-stakes contest in one of Democrats’ top pickup opportunities of the cycle.

Jolly had 45 percent of the vote, with 96 precincts reporting, when The Associated Press called the race on Tuesday evening. State Rep. Kathleen Peters came in second with 31 percent, and Mark Bircher rounded out the pack with 24 percent.

Jolly will face former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in the March 11 general election in this St. Petersburg-based district. This special election marks the first truly competitive special election of the cycle, and many political insiders view it as a bellwether for the cycle.

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January 2, 2014

Alex Sink Stomps Republican Competition Fundraising

Alex Sink Stomps Republican Competition Fundraising

Sink is off to a strong start. (Tim Boyles/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m. | Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink raised exponentially more money than any of her Republican rivals in the the special election to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District.

Sink, a Democrat, raised $1.1 million and will report “over” $1 million in cash on hand, according to a release. Candidates in the tossup race were required to file pre-primary fundraising reports by Thursday.

Her closest Republican fundraising rival was GOP lobbyist David Jolly, who raised $388,000 and reported $141,000 in cash on hand. Jolly donors included former Republican Reps. Henry Bonilla and Robert Livingston and retired game show host Bob Barker. Barker, a friend of Jolly’s, notably cut an ad for Jolly that aired in early December.

Sink, who narrowly lost to Republican Rick Scott in the gubernatorial election of 2010, is the likely Democratic nominee in the tossup race. The Republican primary is shaping up to be a three-person field, featuring Jolly, state Rep. Kathleen Peters and veteran Mark Bircher. The primary is on Jan. 14.

Peters raised nearly $170,000 in her pre-primary report filed Thursday.

Peters entered the race in mid-November, but the campaign had a high burn rate going into the final stretch before the primary against GOP lobbyist David Jolly and veteran Mark Bircher. She spent about $152,000 and reported around $18,000 in cash on hand. Full story

Martha Roby Takes Sides in Florida Special Election

Martha Roby Takes Sides in Florida Special Election

Roby, center, is the latest female GOP lawmaker to rally around Peters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama has joined a handful of other House Republican women who are supporting a female candidate in the competitive GOP primary to succeed the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Congress, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing.

Roby’s leadership political action committee, MARTHA PAC, donated $1,000 to state Rep. Kathleen Peters, according to a 48 hour notice the Peters campaign filed with the FEC on Dec. 31.

A slew of House Republican women are either overtly or quietly helping Peters in her race against GOP lobbyist David Jolly in the Jan. 14 special election primary. The winner of that campaign will likely face the Democrats’ all-but-certain candidate, former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in the March 11 general election.

In early December, freshman Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri endorsed Peters. That same week, a band of GOP women hosted a fundraiser on the Peters’ behalf — they included Wagner and Reps. Susan W. Brooks of Indiana, Diane Black of Tennessee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas. The invitation also listed one male host, Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida.

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December 17, 2013

Democrats Avoid Primary for Southerland Seat in Florida

Florida Democrat Al Lawson will not run for Congress in 2014, clearing the way for attorney Gwen Graham to cruise to the party’s nomination in the competitive race against Republican Rep. Steve Southerland II, according to The Tallahassee Democrat.

Lawson told the paper in a Tuesday story that he still has “too much debt from two previous congressional campaigns to run again this year.”

Lawson, a former state senator, has strong name identification that would have helped him win the primary. But Florida Democrats were grim about his chances in the general election. He came up short as the Democratic nominee in 2012 against Southerland.

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December 9, 2013

House GOP Women Fundraise for Florida Special Candidate (Updated)

House GOP Women Fundraise for Florida Special Candidate (Updated)

Wagner is one of a handful of women who are supporting Peters in the special election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:07 a.m. | Six House Republicans — including a handful of women — are slated to host a fundraising luncheon for state Rep. Kathleen Peters’ special-election bid on Wednesday, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Peters is running against lobbyist David Jolly in the competitive primary for Florida’s 13th District. Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young died earlier this year, creating the vacancy.

Five House Republican women, plus one GOP congressman from Florida, are on the Washington, D.C., event invitation. Full story

December 5, 2013

David Jolly Goes on the Air in Florida Special (Updated)

Updated 3:52 p.m. | Lobbyist David Jolly put up his first television ad Thursday.

It’s worth at least around $5,800 in cable advertising, according to a GOP media buyer who is not involved in the race. The Jolly campaign did not immediately reply to an email request for the buy size.

Jolly is facing off against state Rep. Kathleen Peters in the Republican primary to succeed the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District.

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November 27, 2013

Zoller Too Young to Run in Florida Special Election

Days after Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., announced his retirement, GOP political consultant Nick Zoller was one of the first Republican candidates to jump into the race to replace the  22-term congressman.

But upon Young’s Oct. 18 death, Zoller repeatedly clarified on social media and in interviews that he would not run in the special election to replace Young. Zoller will instead seek the full two year-term that will commence in January 2015.

“I never really had the intentions of ramping up an operation to run in a special election,” he said in a Tuesday phone interview with CQ Roll Call. Full story

November 26, 2013

Florida Governor Calls on Trey Radel to Resign

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called on embattled Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida to resign Tuesday morning, according to The Fort Myers News-Press.

“I agree with the party chairman,” Scott said, referring to Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry’s similar call for resignation. “Trey is going through a tough time. My prayers and my wife’s prayers are with his family. But we have to hold all of our elected officials to the highest standards.”

For now, this is a split in tone from the Republican House leadership. Last week, a spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner said that “Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts. … Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents.”

A Radel resignation would have almost no bearing on control of the House — his 19th District is safe Republican territory. A slew of GOP contenders are in a position to run against him in a primary or in an open-seat special election.

Florida GOP Honcho Calls on Trey Radel to Resign

Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry on Monday called for Rep. Trey Radel to resign, marking the highest-ranking local GOP official yet to push for the embattled Republican congressman to step down.

“The people of Florida’s 19th Congressional District need a Congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida,” Curry said in a statement. “Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family.” Full story

November 19, 2013

Radel in Possible Primary Peril

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., said that he is ready “to face the consequences” of his cocaine possession charge, and some of them might be political.

Democrats concede his is a Safe Republican seat. So if his legal problems become fodder in his bid for a second term, it will likely be litigated in the primary.

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Republicans Face Primary in Florida Special Election

Florida state Rep. Kathleen Peters will announce her candidacy Tuesday to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Congress.

She has started to inform sources on Capitol Hill of her intention and is expected to have local officials on hand supporting her bid at her 10 a.m. scheduled announcement.

The move sets up a mad dash of a Republican primary with GOP lobbyist David Jolly, lasting through the holiday season until Jan. 14. The winner will likely face off against Democrat Alex Sink on March 11.

Both Republicans candidates have strengths and weaknesses. Full story

November 6, 2013

Democrat Suspends Campaign Against Alex Sink in Florida District

Attorney Jessica Ehrlich is suspending her campaign for the highly competitive 13th District in Florida, according to a news release from the state Democratic Party.

Ehrlich was under pressure to step aside in the special-election primary to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla. Former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink entered the race last week, and national Democratic power brokers quickly threw their support her way. Full story

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