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March 11, 2014
Republican David Jolly won Tuesday’s high-stakes race to replace his former boss, the late GOP Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Florida, in Congress.
The Republican nominee defeated Democrat Alex Sink 49 percent to 47 percent, with all of the precincts reporting when the Associated Press called the race at 7:49 p.m. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 5 percent. Full story
March 6, 2014
With just days to go in the smash-mouth special election on Florida’s Gulf Coast, both parties are managing expectations ahead of what could be a narrow margin of victory.
The race to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., is the most competitive special election of the 2014 cycle. Neither party is exuding confidence about the contest for the swingy 13th District, and nearly anyone who claims to have seen an internal poll says this tossup race will go down to the wire. Full story
March 5, 2014
In what is likely her final ad in the special election for Florida’s 13th District, the Democrat nominee, Alex Sink, struck a bipartisan tone in positive spot that started to air Wednesday.
Polls show Sink in a virtual tie with the GOP nominee, lobbyist David Jolly, in the race to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.
February 13, 2014
Ad wars have escalated in a highly competitive special election in Florida, with Democrats spending more overall, but Republicans quickly catching up with their ad buys.
The already profuse ad spending demonstrates the high stakes for both parties in this March 11 special election. Although the election is one month away, elections officials started to send out mail-in ballots last week for the 13th District contest.
That means television time — especially early advertisements — come at a premium in this Tampa-area media market.
Cumulatively, the Democratic nominee, Alex Sink, and her allies have spent about $1 million more on television advertisements than Republicans.
But the GOP’s nominee, lobbyist David Jolly, and his allies have spent more than Democrats in the past two weeks. Most recently, the National Republican Congressional Committee aired a spot that links Sink to national Democrats and the president’s 2010 health care law.
Here’s a breakdown of approximately how much each party has spent on television advertisements in the general election as of Tuesday afternoon, according to multiple media-buying sources from both parties who are monitoring the race:
February 12, 2014
House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC dedicated to elected House Democrats, started airing an ad Wednesday to defend Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., on the recent health care law.
The spot proclaims Garcia is ”working to fix Obamacare” and he ”took the White House to task for the disastrous health care website.”
February 11, 2014
House Majority PAC, a super PAC dedicated to elected House Democrats, is up with its first ad in the highly competitive special election in Florida’s 13th District.
The ad attacks the Republican nominee, lobbyist David Jolly. It’s part of a $650,000 investment that House Majority PAC made in the race.
The spot, called “Privatize,” takes shots at Jolly’s lobbying career and his position on Social Security. The latter charge targets a crucial demographic to win the St. Petersburg-based district: voters over 65 years old.
February 7, 2014
House Majority PAC, a Democratic-aligned super PAC, is making an approximately $90,000 ad buy in Miami next week to defend Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla.
The group’s move to buy a week of airtime is intended to match conservative outside group Americans for Prosperity’s media campaign against Garcia. The conservative super PAC announced last week a $400,000 media campaign in three Florida House districts, including Garcia’s 26th.
The new ad that will air was not immediately available. House Majority PAC’s buy will begin on Wednesday and run for a week. Full story
January 27, 2014
Updated 1:55 p.m. | Rep. Trey Radel’s former rivals and potential successors in Florida’s 19th District reacted Monday to his resignation from Congress.
January 21, 2014
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
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
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.
January 14, 2014
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.
January 2, 2014
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
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.
December 17, 2013
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.